The Paradox of Tribes: connection and separation

 

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We are tribal beings,
we seek a tribal identity one way or another.
Even if we are solitary,
do we still seek to know ourselves in another?
We have an urge to belong,
whether in a human tribe
or otherwise,
not just for connection,
but paradoxically to stand apart,
to fence ourselves off and say,
“This is us”, safe against the big, unknowable world.

© Janey Colbourne 2016

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