Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

In the history of mankind (one of) the usual ways of having your tribe exterminated was meeting another tribe.

Idealist ideas of the whole humanity singing kumbaya in a circule by the fireplace are naive at best.

Doesn't mean "our tribe" (which exists in a lots of levels, it could be a sports team, it could be a national identity, or something more vague) needs to be hostile to others (or shoot first)

At the same time, many tribes benefitted from exchange and alliances. Tribalism does not necessarily imply brutal conflict.

True. There is at least one apparent exception, Australia, during hunter gatherer times. But everywhere else...

Exchange and alliance also happened; often in aid of success in brutal conflicts.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact