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Tribe: a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader

The above was just a mention to make sure that anyone bothering to get their undies in a twist about ‘cultural appropriation’ is better educated and therefore doesn’t have a lot of ground to stand on when it comes to hurt feelings. But if you think about it a lot of us these days have a core group of friends, acquaintances, and like-minded individuals that we share our thoughts, beliefs, and societal norms with.

We don’t always get along, we don’t always agree, but those of us that stick together in our like-minded ways tend to keep up the kind of pretense that it takes to be called a community, and in some cases you might even call your group a tribe since it’s quite often noticed that the links that keep us together are in fact strong enough to create a bond that only a fool would ever think of discrediting or discounting as nothing.

We might not be close enough geographically-speaking or even close enough to say that we’d gladly give up everything for one another if we were in need. But when we need someone to talk to, when we need a shoulder to lean on, many of us in these new tribes will gladly be there, if only to show that we do care about our fellow human beings and that we’re able to show some form of compassion towards others.

The best part about these newfound tribes is that they can include anyone and everyone, regardless of race, color, or religion. All you need to do to belong to such a tribe is talk to one another, share your feelings, your passion, and your ability to be human beings. Should you form a community of like-minded individuals that want nothing more than to come together and be decent to one another, then you’ve got a tribe.

I’ll gladly say that I’m proud of my tribe, no matter if they realize they’re in it or not.

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