Nowadays, there is a tendency of the opinion that teamwork wins against individualism. It feels that no matter what you are always a part of a certain group of people. For instance, a group of friends, colleagues or classmates. It is also worth to mention that the group’s identity meaning could be broaden to a next level by adding the groups you were born to like ethnicity and nationality wise or the groups you got involved and attached to during your lifetime including political, economic, environmental views. In general, the list could be extended way more, but we would not be able to put the ending to it. It is clear, that everyone of us is part of uncountable number of groups. However, many questions rise up within the use of this type of belong, including – how the groups are actually formed and to what extent it is beneficial to be a part of the group? Moreover, does this specific attachment has any downsides and risks too?
In desperate times, people seek to change their lives in unique ways. Sometimes, even by giving their souls to the evil itself. Adolf Hitler can be and is recalled not only by historians, but many of us, as a monster, whose hands are stained with the blood of millions killed in the devastation of the Second World War and the horror of the Holocaust. However, the main question arise within – how he was given such a powerful position to be able to destroy so many lives in a first place? As a person, who is passioned about history, I always found myself interested in the tendency that majority of the most memorable leaders throughout the history had one trait in common – possession of mental disfunction. Of course, some try to explain this based on a popular opinion that those, who were or still are put in charge act like chameleons. The creatures, which can stunningly adapt to the certain situations in order to remain safe and not be seen as who they are truly are. However, Adolf Hitler could only be called as a chameleon to some degree as he was clear on his irrational hate from the start, but obeyed to those, who were put above him at first. Personally, I believe, that Adolf Hitler was just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. After the First World War, people’s lives were shattered as also their belief systems on good were shaken. In addition to this, Germans were feeling the overwhelming disappointment by the War’s unfair end. And this is the time, when Adolf Hitler got the chance to step on the political stage and use the people’s misery for his advantage. As a gifted speaker, Hitler took the German’s devastation and hypnotised it to the belief of the better future of the Germany. All the way along of his political journey, he was talking about the German’s pride and purity and that they, as a united nation, should make invaders become the victims itself. Every speech he made was based on the hate for those, who are not pure Germans. Still, people were mesmerized by him. As his popularity rank grow through the middle class, he got noticed by the upper class, which at first, saw him as a way of investment. To my mind, his popularity grew between the middle and lower classes society’s, just because the people saw him as one of them – not a politician, not the one from the upper class, but the Voice of the People: “I am just a voice, crying in the wilderness”. By growing the followers on his side, he was able to form a public imagine, which attracted more and more public’s attention. Even though, some people started to question him as a leader by making possible outcomes plan of his dominance and trying to warn others. Unfortunately, “no matter what he had done, he only grew stronger”. Later, when the Hitler’s power had reached undeniable and uncontrollable level and more and more people understood the horrifying future’s outlook, it was a little too late. Hitler’s followers remained blindly loyal and the ones, who still were trying to refuse, had to give up and trust based on the fear for “My Fuhrer” in order not to be stated as a nation’s opposition. It is said, that extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. However, when the time was still right, a little too less was done to prevent this from happening and the victory of evil was achieved. As Edmund Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men do nothing”. Though, Germans sincerely believed in him and his promising plan for the better tomorrow. Unfortunately, the odd, but strong voice, guided his nation towards the path, which had led to mark the today’s history books in red.
Sometimes, no matter how much the sense of belong may hurt, the human’s nature requires for the attachment. Now, lets put all history books back to the shelves and look into on how people sort into groups and what are the reasons behind it. The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs could be a good indicator to what extent a person feel necessity to belong. According to the pyramid, just after the physiological and safety needs, in other words the basic ones, the general psychological needs with belongingness and love come into the picture. Of course, many may say that relationships based on love are not even comparable to the general commitments to the group. However, there is an opinion that even though you have loved ones around, you still need outside source of people with whom you could relate on a different level. Moreover, there are certain cases when people do not have anyone around that could be identified as a close one. So, in order to fulfil the first base of a path to a psychological realisation they still tend to find and bond with groups of people. In general, it is said that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs represents the cause of person’s individual motivation. If an individual is hungry or feeling unsecure by his/her living conditions, the esteem needs with a wish of prestige achievement will not be on a must-to-reach “now” priority list. However, I tend to believe, that behind the general idea, a spectrum of the pyramid’s interpretations lies ahead. To my mind, adding the general person’s will to live. For instance, if you feel stuck between 1st and a 2nd ladder’s steps, you may be seeing your life as a mundane one rather than exceptional. In addition to that, you may be feeling saddened and depressed. However, as you climb up the ladders your personal will to live could grow increasingly. As I am saying this, I want to highlight the importance on why to complete the personal belonging sense factor should matter to each of us. Still, lets put these insights a little bit aside and look on the bright side of tribalism or as I like to call “grouping” by finding the good practise evidence. For instance, lets take the most recent and sadly unfortunate event, which managed to reach millions of people hearts around the globe, under consideration. The 15th of April, just 107 years after the tragic fate of the Titanic, will get additional meaning. On that specific day a major fire had engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre – Dame in Paris one of France’s most famous landmarks. To our fortunate this time, the best possible outcome was reached – the 850-year-old Gothic building was saved. Only the building’s spire and roof had collapsed. Even though the main focus is being put on the Church, people, who were and still are standing behind a camera, also matter. In the moment of the devastation, Parisians and the rest nation of France forgot everything that was going on in their minds that day and silently stood and watched the occurring tragedy. As people understood their weakness towards the power of a natural disaster, they still did not believe in the idea doing nothing. Facing eye to eye a misery, people put aside all of their differences and started to comfort each other and sing along some hymns. The nation that was recently passionate about the country’s division with yellow jackets movement once again reunited. The next day, the aftermath of the tragedy, when people started the process of generous cash-flow donations towards reconstruction, people also started to share their thoughts on how Paris and the whole France would not be the same without the Cathedral. In addition, recalling Notre-Dame as being a heart of a country. The heart that once was locals and tourists attention centre and which have managed to attract in between 30000 to 50000 people on a daily basis, experienced a great loss. However, in the eyes of a tragedy another trait had arisen – the power of people’s unity. The unity power, which, to my eyes, led to the most important factor here – an increased empathy level. In general, a comeback to the humanity itself, no matter in which form it transformed, for example, into a good word or a generous donation. Everything counts in life as long as it is done based on a good intention. Sadly, it seems that people can only start to genuinely appreciate on what they have in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Patrick Dixon once said that tribalism is the most powerful source in the word. In addition, I believe that, we are just the big puzzle’s, which is called life, pieces. The life that we think we own to, when in reality life owns us. The ones, who agree on that a fate is real, the belief on our already planned destiny vividly exists. In this case, a destiny to born to a specific location in the puzzle. When you think about that, the placement lies your life cards in front of you by surrounding with the people, who are next to you – the pieces. Now, it depends with whom you will align throughout your life. The more tribal idea will “suit” your mind the more it will reflect in your day to day actions. Moreover, if the more people will be just like you, the more puzzle space you will take up with that idea. Overall, society is destined to be grouped, just as behind every idea stands a leader and the followers. Still, the question about how much the good out of “the grouping” can come remains unanswered with a question mark, while it is and will remain used for the both deeds – heal and harm.