…the tribe lost and all that remains in America is a rootless collection of isolated individuals.

 


http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2018/03/on-tribes-and-community-part-2-on.html


…the tribe lost and all that remains in America is a rootless collection of isolated individuals. Affluent individuals, to be sure, but tribeless, and now suffering the psychological effects of the fateful choice the modern world had made. Loneliness. Anxiety. Depression. Addiction. Meaninglessness…”Although happiness is notoriously subjective and difficult to measure, mental illness is not…despite its nearly miraculous advances in medicine, science, and technology—is afflicted with some of the highest rates of depression, schizophrenia, poor health, anxiety, and chronic loneliness in human history…many soldiers look back at their time in a “band of brothers”…the solidarity of a tribe where everyone was willing to sacrifice and die for each other. There is nothing in the modern world that even comes close to replicating this experience…Junger argues that PTSD is less about trauma than about reintegration into society…

  • WWI and WW2 were national, collective experiences. The trauma was shared.
  • PTSD first started getting diagnosed with the Vietnam War, where vets faced a chilly and even hostile reception back home.
  • most Americas don’t serve in the military, causing our professional military personnel to feel increasingly isolated and dislocated from American society…

The thin, vapid, solitary, and commercialized existence of modern life–where life is lived moving from screen to screen…

Tribes are integral to human flourishing. Tribes help us carry our suffering and pain, and they give us a sense of shared purpose and meaning…the deep source of post-evangelical nostalgia. They have memories of being a part of a tribe…without a tribe there is listlessness, loneliness, and pain.


Melissa Dodson

…Churches cannot be relevant to young people if they aren’t places where we can find 1) a community and 2) a shared purpose, both of which need to resonate with our post-modern mentality… “community” cannot be homogeneous, superficial, or content with patriarchal power structures/values…”purpose” (be it loving, serving, or the ‘great commission’) must be co-created, not only by members, but by those we seek to serve, in order to avoid the colonialist, oppressive attitudes that are turning off passionate young believers & non-believers alike.


Gregory

…John O’ Donohue, David Whyte, Richard Rohr,…that tribe of mystics have served me incredibly well in expanding my language of what the essence of human experience and reality might alternately look like…


 

charlesburchfield  Joseph Fleming

White, middle-class, male, useless people—who have just enough family context to not be crushed by poverty.
Felix, the failson of the family, goes downstairs at Thanksgiving, briefly mumbles, ‘Hi,’ everyone asks him how community college is going, he mumbles something about a 2.0 average, goes backupstairs with a loaf of bread and some peanut butter, and gets back to gaming and masturbating.


“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have.”


charlesburchfield

//Although happiness is notoriously subjective and difficult to measure, mental illness is not//
This makes me think of a quote by James Baldwin: “Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have.”
I am someone who was born with mental illness (which is a social death) and, as I see it, a consequence of trying to cope with disconnection from My Tribe I have acquired and suffered symptoms of PTSD: addiction, loneliness, depression and anxiety. MHO when one has mental illness it is a fact that one suffers. My lifetime has been spent pursuing the only task I found worthwhile which is to try to find a way to Soothe My wounded emotions, recover a sense of well-being and connection to humanity. I have found that failure to devote my life to this task has resulted in the temptation to commit suicide or homicide.


“It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
– James Baldwin



 

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Author: charlesburchfield

I am an artist working primarily with collage.

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