Because I am currently at a loss for words, yet agree with these words 100%, I’m reblogging this post from my dear friend. It dovetails nicely with the discussion we recently had over at El’s Reading Room.
The ethos of “find your tribe” “find your truth” actually kills tribalism.
Why? Because a tribe (a community) is meant to hold together when times are tough as well as when times are good.
Our tribes are held together by convenience. When one’s “truth” changes, one can change tribes with no regret – because the larger value in our society is that of being true to oneself above all else.
In the conservative online community, we talk often about the useful effects of community standards, and how soft methods of social control help maintain the community. And then someone looks at me, a respectable matron, and expects me to trot out the social controls.
But there’s a problem. No one cares. In order for social control to work, the person being controlled has to care more about the community than they do about the discipline. And we’ve all…
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