“In order for something to be spiritually true, it MUST be scientifically true.”
– Father Paul Blighton: founder of the Holy Order of MANS
In a blog article out of The Mystery of Christ from back in 2012 entitled, “Religion, nationalism and the illusion of separation”, author Jim Myst states:
“Both nationalism and religion have also resulted in much division and bloodshed because they are founded upon the illusion of separation.”
Myst then cites an unnamed author with the following quote:
“We are born into the world as blank slates. Every moment from birth we develop an identity which mirrors the environment within which we grow… As we identify with the not self, we act out according to these false beliefs. This is how men and women are able to rationalize killing one another… Our self centered perspective enables us to easily believe that “they” are the bad guys because they are different. The concept of “me” and “mine” and we will fight for what is “ours.” This mentality destroys the goodness, compassion and connectedness which is within us all. This fragments whole peoples, resulting in polarization and division… This is not who we truly are, this is who we have become.”
The above pair of quotations sums up the general attitudes of the New Age Movement towards the resurgence of nationalism and the increasing polarity of the socio-political discourse in the West. But is this true? Is this desire to reassert and maintain cultural and even ethnic homogeneity in the West something that “is not who we truly are” but rather an assertion of the “illusion of separation”?
THE SCIENCE OF TRIBAL MAN
The news pundits and the academics have been lamenting for quite some time now, the “scourge” of this new Nationalistic fervor that is sweeping the West and how it threatens the “Liberal World Order” of mercantile “interconnectedness”. Nationalism, of course, is the more modern, statist and arguably less organic form of a far more ancient human social institution- Tribalism.
While I am not a scientific materialist by any means, and I certainly do not agree with a great deal of the science around human evolution as it is taught by modern-day academics, I will concede that humans by and large are a “pack animal” (or in a more modern sense, a “herd animal”) – we are tribal. I say this with absolute certainty because despite the best attempts of modernity, it is empirically observable in pretty much all human activity.
While we have constructed a largely cosmopolitan civilization and a global marketplace that tends to somewhat obfuscate this truth, when we see events like the clashes in Charlottesville and elsewhere, with one “team” pitted in violence against another, we realize that despite Coca-Cola ads and political marketing slogans of “We Are One”, human tribalism is not going anywhere anytime soon- if at all.
American biologist and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard, E.O. Wilson stated the following in a 2012 article for Time Magazine entitled, “Why Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe”:
“Have you ever wondered why, in the ongoing presidential campaign, we so strongly hear the pipes calling us to arms? Why the religious among us bristle at any challenge to the creation story they believe? Or even why team sports evoke such intense loyalty, joy, and despair?
The answer is that everyone, no exception, must have a tribe, an alliance with which to jockey for power and territory, to demonize the enemy, to organize rallies and raise flags.
And so it has ever been. In ancient history and prehistory, tribes gave visceral comfort and pride from familiar fellowship, and a way to defend the group enthusiastically against rival groups. It gave people a name in addition to their own and social meaning in a chaotic world. It made the environment less disorienting and dangerous. Human nature has not changed. Modern groups are psychologically equivalent to the tribes of ancient history. As such, these groups are directly descended from the bands of primitive humans and prehumans.”
When groups of “anti-racists” like ANTIFA protest and attack White Nationalists because they have an exclusionary tribalism (as any real tribalism is inevitably exclusive in some capacity) that is deemed as “fascist”, “hateful” and “dangerous”, they are being tribal and exclusionary as well. They are a group that is banded together for a common purpose and they see themselves as having a common enemy, whom they hate and want banished from society, not necessarily because of what they look like, but rather because of what they believe in.
Whenever you acknowledge that there are groups of people who have separate and conflicting interests from your own, you are being tribal. Whenever you join a club or group, regardless of how “open” they are, you are being tribal- if simply because of the fact there will inevitably those that will be on the “outside” of that group. Families are tribal. Political Parties are tribal. Religions are tribal. Gangs are tribal. Places of employment are tribal. The military is tribal. Sports teams are tribal. 12-step groups are tribal. Sewing clubs are tribal.
A tribe is a group of people that have a shared identity and mission, giving them an inevitable separateness from those who do not share that identity and mission. And because they have a shared identity and mission, they have an interest in promoting that above the identities and missions of other groups. While the expressions of this have become at the same time more sophisticated and more superficial, it is ultimately ingrained in our biology, as E.O. Wilson states:
“The drive to join is deeply ingrained, a result of a complicated evolution that has led our species to a condition that biologists call eusociality. “Eu-,” of course, is a prefix meaning pleasant or good: euphony is something that sounds wonderful; eugenics is the attempt to improve the gene pool. And the eusocial group contains multiple generations whose members perform altruistic acts, sometimes against their own personal interests, to benefit their group. Eusociality is an outgrowth of a new way of understanding evolution, which blends traditionally popular individual selection (based on individuals competing against each other) with group selection (based on competition among groups). Individual selection tends to favor selfish behavior. Group selection favors altruistic behavior and is responsible for the origin of the most advanced level of social behavior, that attained by ants, bees, termites—and humans.”
Yet another fairly recent Time Magazine article from May 2014 entitled “What Science Says About Race and Genetics” goes even further and states that due to discoveries in the human genome, it can be asserted that tribalism has a racial/ethnic component in us that it literally part of our DNA- further cementing the scientific “correctness” of human tribalism :
“Conventionally, these social differences are attributed solely to culture. But if that’s so, why is it apparently so hard for tribal societies like Iraq or Afghanistan to change their culture and operate like modern states? The explanation could be that tribal behavior has a genetic basis. It’s already known that a genetic system, based on the hormone oxytocin, seems to modulate the degree of in-group trust, and this is one way that natural selection could ratchet the degree of tribal behavior up or down.
Human social structures change so slowly and with such difficulty as to suggest an evolutionary influence at work. Modern humans lived for 185,000 years as hunters and gatherers before settling down in fixed communities. Putting a roof over one’s head and being able to own more than one could carry might seem an obvious move. The fact that it took so long suggests that a genetic change in human social behavior was required and took many generations to evolve.
Tribalism seems to be the default mode of human political organization. It can be highly effective: The world’s largest land empire, that of the Mongols, was a tribal organization. But tribalism is hard to abandon, again suggesting that an evolutionary change may be required.”
DNA and the human genome are not discussed a great deal in regards to mainstream spiritual and religious philosophy. However, one only needs look at what is left of the indigenous tribal traditions with their concepts of ancestral “blood memory”, to see that these new discoveries of modern science indeed have a supporting spiritual tradition behind them- a rather ancient one at that. DNA has both a material and immaterial quality to it, and research done on the mysterious “junk DNA” has drawn conclusions that it could perhaps be a repository of “past lives”.
As I concluded in my previous article on Metagenetics, it would appear that the genome is the structure that connects the purely electrical spiritual body to the physical body, and as such, would give a spiritual component to things like ancestry, ethnicity, race and the tribalism that is inherent in these things. There is a reason they say, “blood is thicker than water”- because it holds truth.
In his book, “World Priest”, Rev. Michael Maciel states the following:
“The physical substance of blood carries the spiritual vibrations of the heaven worlds—the intelligence and characteristics of our soul. Just as our soul is in continuous contact with God, so is our blood in continuous contact with our soul, primarily through the air we breathe (pneuma, ruach, spirit, prana). And in turn, our physical structure, our body, is in continual contact with our blood. Correlation. These systems are nested within each other; they form an unbroken chain from the Godhead to our being in the world…
Reach up through the octaves of your being and feel the spiritual presence within your blood—the light, the consciousness, the Christ. This is where your life is! When you focus your attention there, you are inviting the Christ Being into your body. Your blood is your point of connection.”
And while DNA, genetics, and the spiritual component of blood often tends to be absent from New Age discourse, one concept that does pop up quite regularly is the idea of “Soul Groups”- a term that seems to have originated in the work of early 20th century psychic and mystic Edgar Cayce. Through his work, Cayce found that humans travel in “soul groups,” which are people that incarnate together so they can work on whatever life lesson is necessary. These are the people that are brought into our lives in both a familial capacity as well as those people that we develop strong bonds with- the brothers and sisters in our “tribe”.
Other New Age thinkers have since expounded upon this idea, and different ‘categories’ of soul groups are often named. Likewise, Cayce and his ilk are not without their controversies and inconsistencies, which is almost inevitable with any attempt to interpret the spiritual realms, regardless of how gifted or “in tune” the interpreter. Regardless, the takeaway here is that this notion of the soul group points toward a deeper esoteric view around the concept of tribe. And with the understanding that the “Soul Body” is the substance which generates the Spiritual Body, we can begin to build a deeper picture of our tribal nature and how it fits the axiom of “As above, so below”.
One of the biggest criticisms of Christian European culture- from the Roman Catholic Church, to the Puritans, to Victorian England, to the modern American Fundamentalists- has been the fairly valid point that it has a repressive attitude toward sex and sexuality. The reproductive instinct is the second most powerful instinct we have. There is a lot of power in sexuality and the act of sexual intercourse (on many different levels)- and it is fairly certain that those in power knew this, which is why they sought to control and suppress it to something that was ultimately seen and shameful and “impure”, which became reflected in the various Christian societies. In many respects it could be concluded that Christian society feared sex.
Freud, though most certainly not without his faults, did get it right when he concluded that the conscious mind repressing base desires and instincts (specifically those of sexuality), would create a form of destructive neurosis that would play itself out on the level of both the individual and of society. This thinking would eventually culminate with the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960s, which, for all its promotion of degenerate hedonism and toxic sexuality, did make sex something that was brought back into the light. The Sexual Revolution, along with the New Age Movement, was instrumental in allowing a more open, natural and even spiritual outlook on sex and sexuality to surface in Western culture.
But with the advancements towards embracing the second strongest drive into our culture, we have simultaneously moved towards increased repression of the first- survival; and in particular the way that the survival instinct surfaces in our evolutionary need for tribalism. Humans, like most other animals, depend on cooperative groups with a common purpose to survive. And like every other species in the animal kingdom, humans thrive amongst those that are most like them- birds of a feather flock together.
Like attracts like– this is a law of nature. This is pristine Nature, which is the opposite of the artificial mishmash of multiculturalism and of atomized “individuals” that we find in modern Western materialist society. Lions and tigers do not live amongst one another- except in zoos and circuses, where they are reduced to caged dependents that live in an artificial environment, perform “tricks” for consumers and rely on an external authority for food and security…
Since the latter-half of the Second World War, we have been increasingly told that we need to become “global citizens”, who see and know nothing of borders, boundaries, or distinctions between groups, or even individuals- just like the global corporations who promote the exact same ideology and have put it on every commercial for every product they own, on every news station they run, since right about the same time.
We are told we are allowed to have groups and clubs that have superficial, non-threatening identities, but to have any sort of real organic tribalism is akin to sacrilege, and is punishable by ostracization. People have been taught to fear anything that sounds like ethnically-based tribalism (particularly among Europeans), with their minds trained and programmed to conjure up the most horrific Hollywood-ized images of war and genocide at the mere mention of it.
Children in schools are taught that we are “all the same”, and that any sort of tribalism is bad. These children are taught through operant conditioning to “think correctly” and repress any sorts of thoughts or feelings that could be “racist”. This of course, favors the multinational corporations who write the textbooks, and prefer people who are interchangeable human resources and consumers.
This has ultimately led to a lack of direction and a lack of connection. We have no real purpose other than to work to feed an economic system that wants us as atomized consumers, united around our love for I-phones, Facebook, pop-culture and “world cuisine” (cause that’s why we love multiculturalism, right??). Meanwhile, any sort of real and authentic way living, being or even speaking is to be shunned in the name of safe, consumer-friendly irony and political correctness.
You MUST assimilate into the Hive Mind of the Borg. We Are One…
However, nature cannot and will not be repressed in this manner, and once again, the belief in separation from nature, creates neurosis. This is particularly true among white Westerners- the same group that Freud saw as most afflicted by the sexual repression neurosis. The backlash of this repression has led to the resurgence of Nationalism, that large scale, somewhat less organic form of tribalism, and the attacks against it by those who believe it to be an instrument of inevitable oppression and genocide.
Just like the how movement of human beings en masse, further and further away from nature through mercantilism, urbanization, and industrialization caused a disconnect from nature that led to the various mental/physical health and ecological crises we face today; so too will the artificial attempts to divert and suppress man’s inherent tribal nature no doubt have dire consequences. And just like the attempts to repress and deny human sexuality, this attempt to suppress organic tribalism will continue to develop neurosis and conflict within us causing a lashing out. This is what happens when man believes he is separate from and can “improve upon” nature.
Tribalism is part of our inherent nature. It is our nature to care more for our children than somebody else’s. It is our nature to care more for our family and our close friends than for people we have never met. It is our nature to prioritize those whom we live amongst over those who live in a faraway land we have never been (and probably never will).
This is not to say that we should not care for others who we are less connected to, but we need to understand that we are incarnated in a in THIS body with THIS family, living in THIS specific locality and surrounded by THESE specific people whom we call our friends and neighbors for a specific reason. We are here first and foremost to help THEM. We only have just so much time in our finite lives.
Tribalism is not “selfishness”, it’s having our priorities in order; it is the Virtue of Fidelity- being true to family, friends, kindred and those to whom you have pledged service. It is putting these people first in your thoughts and in your actions. This does not mean you have to “hate” or seek conflict with another tribe, but it does mean you need to defend those in yours and make sure they are provided for- and sometimes interests conflict. Like it or not, tribalism will be with us as long as there are threats to human survival- which pretty much means as long as physical death exists.
I invite you all to ponder this philosophical conundrum for a moment:
There are two people hanging off the edge of a cliff. One of them is your friend or family member. The other is a stranger from a faraway land who looks as different from you as you can possibly imagine, and has values and morals that are the polar opposite of your own; you might even say that in a relationship or roommate situation, this person would be “incompatible” with you. But that person is also someone from a group that is commonly depicted as “oppressed”. You can only save one of these people. Whom do you save?
Okay, too easy?
How about two people hanging from a cliff and one person is a stranger from the land you inhabit who is of similar ethnicity and/or shares similar cultural morals and values, and the other is the same “oppressed” stranger from the faraway land, with the incompatible morality and outlook. Who do you save now? Why?
While we can and should aspire to take on and embody the “Universal Love” of the Creator in our lives as much as possible, we must reconcile that with the fact that we still live in a physical dualistic world that demands we make choices between one thing (or person) or another on a constant basis and function in alignment with Nature’s Principles- because they are God’s Principles. We are not of “this world”, but we do need to be in it in a functional capacity. This is not living in “illusion”, this is living in reality.
The gift of the last incarnation of the Christ was the ability to experience and develop the inner Light and Life once again, but this time in a new, more developed way. This is a process that requires major internal “house cleaning” in order to bring out the true unification of Mind, Heart and Will necessary to consciously move forward to the next stage. This process requires us to get our own house in order first. This is a process that both needs to happen internally as well as externally as a society.
When you are doing this kind of internal work, you need to maintain strong boundaries and a strong container so the seed being germinated can be allowed to grow. This is not a time when you should be “taking in”.
And we should be aware that the people flooding into the West en masse are from cultures that are far more tribal than we are, are constantly warring amongst themselves in their own lands, and have morals, values, and ethics that are quite different from our own. We are inevitably importing more conflict. Meanwhile we ourselves have become so divided in our values and so unclear in our identity here in America and the West in general, that many say we are either on the brink of a civil war, or just a total societal collapse- which just may need to happen…
But Nature is indifferent to the fate of nations. The Laws are what they are and they will manifest regardless. So rather than attempting to suppress our own tribal nature and condemning it as “the illusion of separation”, our quest should be to refine it; to move towards forms of tribalism that are in tune with the evolving Higher Man who lives in harmony with the Laws of Nature and Creation that are the part and parcel with the ALL IN ALL, while recognizing the Divinity within himself and his fellow man.
This would occur through the taming of the “animal” within man by bringing animal into alignment with spirit; by bringing it into the FULLNESS of Nature. This is in stark contrast to the sort of psychological “taming” that is being attempted, which is solely the desire (once again) of the lower egoic mind to subvert and subdue the animal nature that it does not understand and fears.
This spiritually enlightened tribalism would ideally be one that would be able to cooperate with its neighbors (so long as they were willing), while maintaining a specific uniqueness that is necessary for the further development of a particular group of people in a particular place. Remember, culture in its most organic state, an expression of a specific people and its interaction with the surrounding natural environment.
Be it through the bond of blood and soil; the bond of initiation; or simply the bond of a common, unending group identity and mission- we need the deep, natural and spiritual interpersonal connection that can only happen through the organic “tribe” of a limited number of closely connected people (remember Dunbar’s Number) acting in accordance with the Laws of Nature and Creation. The author of an article entitled “An Introduction to Tribalism” put it best:
“[..]each member of the society has something called ‘tribal consciousness’, which is a type of altruism given to each individual which ensures the prosperity of the tribe. This ‘tribal consciousness’ requires a deep bond with each member of the tribe, and can only function among a unified body of individuals. For example, a tribal society cannot exist on a large scale; there are too many individuals within the society (in a large society) for a deep bond between individuals to transpire, and thus the ‘organic society’ that was idealized cannot be achieved”
Organic spiritual evolution can not truly happen within the mass blob of global monoculture that has only ever existed for the benefit of mercantilism and resource exploitation. This global society would be one that completely erases all differentiation of organic culture, while simultaneously imposing a uniform artificial one. With a population of 7 billion people, any institution or system that vast would be completely unmanageable unless it was able to accomplish the complete separation of man from Nature and his full insertion into the Machine. This is what Rudolf Steiner referred to as the “Incarnation of Ahriman”- the coldest depths of materialism.
We should not and cannot allow this to happen.
We do not need artificial sentiments, disingenuous morality or the false reality of pop culture and social media. What we need, now more than ever, is real life connection to Nature and the people we truly love, care about and trust in a real, organic, and genuine way.
In closing, I would just like to thank all of you who have read my work here for the last three years. I hope in one way or another, you have enjoyed it and gotten something positive from it.
Namaste and God Bless.