Jack Jones sings “At least for most of the questions in my heart, Like why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it's so hard? It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving. I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together”. The Beatles sang “Help me if you can, I'm feeling down, And I do appreciate you being round. Help me, get my feet back on the ground, Won't you please, please help me.” Ben Lee sings “Woke up this morning I suddenly realized We're all in this together I started smiling Cos you were smiling And were all in this together I'm made of atoms You're made of atoms And were all in this together”. Finally, the Bible says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Too many of us today suffer from social and emotional isolation
but it is clear we thrive when we live and exist together.
A wise and inspiring friend said the other day; this is the first
time in history, and only in the Western world, that women are expected to be
great mums, wonderful wives, successful career women and talented home keepers
all by themselves. The same is being
experienced by men, their roles in the workplace and the home means they have
much less time for just hanging out with the blokes. Technology has made it possible for us to
move long distances away from our families and long time friends and many of us
are isolated, trying to do everything by ourselves when we were never created
to exist alone.
You can be surrounded by people all day everyday but still be
lonely, social interactions need to be real and like everything in life, need
to be prioritised, worked on and invested in continuously to be made strong and
durable. Social and emotional isolation
break down both body and soul, relationships and face-to-face conversations
strengthen our immune system and help us to live longer. Plus it makes life so much more enjoyable. We
are not designed to do everything in our own strength, it is exhausting,
unsatisfying and limits us greatly.
selection has determined that whales function best in pods, fish in schools,
birds in flocks, lions in prides and cows in herds. Does it not make sense that as human beings
we too would work best in a tribe? Many
Anthropologists have found tribes were very satisfied by their way of life, it
was very meaningful to them. Studies
show their population was not depressed, suicidal, seething with rage or
questioning the purpose of life like we are. Tribal life has been a success
since the birth of mankind.
I know we cannot return to hunting and gathering, tribal life was
not perfect and I’m not that keen on everybody just wearing a loincloth and
having to sleep in a hut. However, I
think there are lots of great benefits from tribal life that we could adopt to
make life a lot better for all of us individually and for the future of our
planet. What do you think?