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Now, I don’t have to tell a crowd of Red Sox fans that we are wired for tribalism. But beyond rooting for the home team, tribalism has a much darker side. Instinctively and maybe even genetically, we divide the world into ‘us’ and ‘them.’ So the burning question must be: How do all of us together find the ‘we?’ How do we do that? There’s still so much work to be done, and sometimes I feel the work hasn’t even begun. And it’s not just anti-Semitism that’s surging -- Islamophobia’s on the rise, too. Because there’s no difference between anyone who is discriminated against, whether it’s the Muslims, or the Jews, or minorities on the border states, or the LGBT community -- it is all big one hate.

  • Steven Spielberg Speech | Harvard Commencement 2016
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It means that tribalism is present innately in the brain, a shortening of hardwired. As part of a larger context, wired separates innate tribalism (the wired) versus taught tribalism.

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  • Well put. Spielberg is saying that in the classic question of 'nature or nurture*, tribalism comes from our built-in nature. May 28, 2017 at 12:03

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