(this theory applies to all tribes)
So I have a theory. I have many theories, so some are bound to be “crap”. After testing and application, many of my thoughts prove to be false or inconclusive. I have, many times, gone back to the “drawing board” to re-exam my ideas.
However, sometimes, an idea gets reinforced the more I test it.
This is an idea about “tribes” or groups of people:
If a group of people are “together”, there has to be some homogeneous attribute. It’s the connective tissue that binds them together. It’s the “glue”. It could be a bloodline (family), an alma mater (Whoop!), an ethnicity, or a purpose. Really what connects people can be simple and obvious, or it can be extremely intricate and complex. It can be anything. I’ve seen people rally around the dumbest things (Quidditch, Edward/Jacob, the Cowboys, etc). Heck, when I use to tend bar in Arlington, I took care of two doctors that came in every Tuesday that had been playing 1 game of D&D since 1978 (it was 2004).
The point is: to belong, or be in a tribe, you have to have something that’s the same…. some “glue” to hold things together.
So I believe that this is true for all groups. The unique thing I find is the location of the homogeneity.
For some groups it’s external:
- education requirements
For other groups it’s internal:
Here’s the practical.
If a group’s main “glue” is external, it will resist doing much. Movement and action expose the internal. I’ve been watching the Methodist church struggle with this for years. They look a lot alike on the outside, but not inside. When there is major pushes for reform and change, the internal differences become exposed, and division is created. So major change is voted down and the status quo is adjusted for harmony sake. It isn’t always a bad thing, just makes changing and harmony at odds with each other.
The latter group, the one with internal homogeneity, can’t stop. These groups of people have an internal “glue” that gets exposed from “doing”. If this group stops changing/moving/going and looks at each other, they might not see the “glue” and division will rise. This is why people that are very different externally can come together to help after 9/11, feed in a soup kitchen, or show up to a football game. Just imagine all the Dallas Cowboys fans showing up to a game (they are rooting for the same cause). Now imagine all the same fans showing up to the same stadium without a game to watch (and the fighting that would break out).
So as the quote goes “You are perfectly designed to achieve the results you are getting”.
Groups that aren’t changing and growing are static because they need to maintain the “glue”.
Groups that are constantly growing and changing are dynamic because they need to maintain the “glue”.
In accepting the suggestion of Paul (romans12v1-2), I’d rather run with the second type of tribe.