Tribal Thinking

By Monique Rhodes

February 2, 2022

It can be easy for us, especially at this time, to be sure about what is true and what is not. Tribal thinking is alive and kicking right now. It’s also problematic. 

  • It is critically important for us all to research both sides of a story. We so often can see WHAT is happening but we often fail to recognise the WHY. I can not understand your why unless I can walk a mile in your shoes; likewise you can not understand my why unless you walk in my shoes. Let us switch off the television set and our computer and instead visit and talk with our neighbours on a one to one basis so that we can better understand our tribe.

  • Such a meaningful conversation. I listened to the podcasts in question. I, too, did my research and discovered some truths and some falsities. It made me realize that there is so much I am spoonfed that I just believe. It’s time for us to understand that there are falsehoods on both sides of most arguments. It’s time for us to learn how to engage in authentic dialogue. I honor your commitment to reminding us of this.

  • I am so grateful for your voice of reason on this issue Monique. I am in dismay at the world where are living in where critical thinking is optional or not even taught. They are banning books here in the USA. We can’t stand on one side and say, you can’t ban our things but we can ban yours. We need you more now than ever Monique. I admire your courage in challenging the tribal thinking. Thank you for this extremely important podcast.

  • This reminds me of the idea of doing away with Social Security so that people can do what they want to (invest or not) with their X amount of money. People who are not versed in finances cannot make the right decisions for their own futures. That’s where the social safety net takes over.
    You are proposing not “shutting down” opinions based on horse shit, rather than on factual science. Not everyone is capable of critical thinking and their bullshit decisions, in this case, is killing them and keeping the pandemic going. I couldn’t disagree with you more in your opinion of trusting the pandemic decisions of uneducated people. We ain’t talking about inconsequential stuff here. We ain’t talkin’ about substituting green beans for mushrooms in a recipe, here.

    • I hear you Andrea. However, perhaps the question is why do we live in a society where people are not taught critical thinking? As I said, some of the information was untrue. Some of it was true. Instead of censorship, why are we not putting our energy into showing people how to decipher what is true and what is not? We are overwhelmed with information. Learning how to decipher fact from fiction is going to become an even more critical skill. 💕

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