Remixed Tribalism and Gomorrah

Weekend reading, passage from Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano. Living a life where I could easily unmoor myself from my different roots if I wanted to, I’m only fascinated more about how tribalism continues to permeate and remixed itself in our psyches despite our modern global lives. Maybe in the end we all have a desire to 落葉歸根, to return to the source. I’ve always lived in port cities and in a country where we’re rootless and encouraged to be so, to be Strangers on a Pier. Maybe it’s why Americans have a fascination with Joseph Campbell Mythologies, super heroes and Star Wars, especially because so many of us increasingly lack common tribes, stories, and kinship with each other. I won’t shake off the ones I belong to, and I realized a long time ago I can’t anyway and don’t have the patience for the respectability politics to accommodate discomforted others. It’s everyone’s unconscious obsession, on this part of my pretty closed life despite always being on the soc meds all the time, I am transparent about that.

Weekend reading, passage from Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano. Living a life where I could easily unmoor myself from my different roots if I wanted to, I'm only fascinated more about how tribalism continues to permeate and remixed itself in our psyches despite our modern global lives. Maybe in the end we all have a desire to 落葉歸根, to return to the source. I've always lived in port cities and in a country where we're rootless and encouraged to be so, to be Strangers on a Pier. Maybe it's why Americans have a fascination with Joseph Campbell Mythologies, super heroes and Star Wars, especially because so many of us increasingly lack common tribes, stories, and kinship with each other. I won't shake off the ones I belong to, and I realized a long time ago I can't anyway and don't have the patience for the respectability politics to accommodate discomforted others. It's everyone's unconscious obsession, on this part of my pretty closed life despite always being on the soc meds all the time, I am transparent about that.

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