Article Review on Why Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe
A tribe defines a group of people as being structurally organised into a systematic way of thinking by some commonality shared within the group; and within every tribe, there are leaders who challenge the status quo. These leaders first need to be accepted by the society in order to be appointed for the purpose of making productive change by first gathering people who will agree to a stance in order to build on the proposed momentum. In Darwin’s society, he was seen as one of those individuals who challenged the status quo of a society which strongly affirmed the teachings of the Christian faith; and resistance to his Theory of Evolution stemmed from him being considered a threat to the ‘tribe’. His society was structured on the moral teachings of the Bible; and by Darwin diverging from the accepted norms of society, he faced rejection. Now here lays the meaning of the phrase, “No man can be a prophet in His own country”. There is no doubt that some of the elders in Darwin’s community saw him as only a youth and remembered him for his past and which prevented them from seeing him as adult. Therefore, this gives rise to the fact that familiarity could have been a causal hindrance of the community’s acceptance towards his theory (Gonzales, 2012) and because of this; he was seen as a threat to the beliefs of his society. However, while this possibility could have been true, in my opinion, it would not be enough to allow society to break out in such an uproar. It seems as if though Darwin’s society acted on fear since during that time, only a few scientists questioned the belief that species are fixed and unchanging (Campbell et al, 2009). Moreover, the people who would share this common train of thought would be the people who watched him grow up and those who had personal interactions with him- therefore only his ‘tribe’ could have fought to contain his theories. However, Darwin’s theory spread abroad his...
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