We are in the middle of a clash between paradigms. It’s a tug of war between ideologies. Most people don’t recognize it because it’s been going on for so long. Learning to recognize and handle this conflict is a necessary skill in our modern world.
A Clash Between Paradigms
If we understand something, we make better decisions about it. So we hope this article will help you comprehend the clash that’s going on between a tribal and inclusive worldview. Because this clash has been going on for ages, we cannot see it or grasp the implications.
If you understand the components of these two worldviews, then you can make more informed decisions. By the end of this discussion, you will see why moving beyond the tribal worldview to an inclusive one is not just an option but necessary. Let’s start with some definitions.
What is a Paradigm or Worldview?
A paradigm is another word for a worldview. Think of it as a filter through which we view the world, and it contains our beliefs and values. It’s the framework that provides structure to our thinking. But in doing so, it creates boundaries.
It places values on thoughts and beliefs and acts much like colored glass, coloring everything. It’s an automatic filter that tells us what is right and wrong. This judgment is often subconscious, so we aren’t aware of its operation. This filter gets the majority of its programming from our cultural narrative.
The Tribal Worldview
First, it is essential to understand the difference between a tribal paradigm or worldview and the term “tribal” as it applies to the culture of indigenous people.
We are not talking about the genetic or historical roots of indigenous people. We are talking about an ideology that mimics specific characteristics. Most indigenous people exhibit a higher level of inclusive universal values than almost all modern cultures. It is especially true of those cultures dominated by the religions of the Abrahamic tree (1).
The Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. They get their tribal characteristics from their historical roots of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions.
The basis of a tribal worldview is segregation, not inclusion. It segregates people by shared traits. The tribe selects one or more elements such as religious belief, race, or ethnicity. So it distinguishes the group from all other people. Now, it’s a tribe.
If you are in the tribe, you belong. If you are not a member of the tribe, you are an enemy. It is the social effect of the tribal mentality. It makes their dominant worldviews “tribal in nature.” In this way, the tribe dictates values and religious beliefs that are unjust and discriminatory, and they are accepted.
If you think in terms of tribal boundaries, you will always conflict with someone. There will always find those outside the tribe as untrustworthy, even enemies. A tribal point of view is a worldview based on biases and prejudice. It always equates to us-against-them. It’s an ancient paradigm system that establishes thinking and values based on mythology and superstition. It is a deception resulting in mistaking mythology as fact.
These constructs divide people into beliefs, race, ethnicity, and gender bias. Those in charge use this strategy to control and exploit people. A good example is the dark ages (2). They program people to judge with a filter of hate.
The Inclusive Worldview
It is a worldview based on equality and compassion, understanding the value of all living things. It’s an inclusive philosophy that is the opposite of arbitrary tribal worldviews. An inclusive philosophy strives for equity and equality for all people. It holds that all of life is sacred, mystical, and meaningful.
This worldview accepts and promotes the advancement of logic, science, and the scientific approach to benefit everyone and everything. This mindset is responsible for all the fundamental advances of humankind.
Moving Beyond The Tribal Worldview is the Goal
A clash of paradigms exists when two differing ideologies try to exert their influence on the same group. We live in the middle of a significant paradigm clash. It started at the beginning of the post-classical period in about 500 CE. On one side, we have mythology and superstition masquerading as “religion.” On the other side of this conflict are logic, reason, and science.
Science grew out of the need to find better answers than mythology was selling. But mythology in the form of religion has a hold on the programming of the cultural narrative. Science and reason provide the freethinkers who innovate and find solutions to problems.
You’d think everyone would like science, but you’d be wrong. Science finds facts, and this exposes the origins of superstitions and mythologies. That’s the problem. Telling the truth causes the paradigm clash.
There are several ways to frame this clash. Some see it as faith versus facts or science versus religion. Faith relates to the belief that religious mythology supersedes any opposing evidence or logic. Science refers to processes with a basis in evidence. In contrast, religion places faith as superior to evidence and reason.
The Need to Control and Feel Safe
The clash between paradigms is a long-standing battle of two major ideologies. On one side is organized religion; they want to control people’s thoughts and values through self-hypnosis and group hypnosis. They want to build a tribe of paying customers. Science wants to advance humankind through reason and common sense and release them to live free.
No matter how you define it. It could be the argument of faith vs. facts or science vs. religion. Their fears all come from the same place. Any threat to their paradigm is a threat to their identity.
When people ask, what you believe, they are asking about the tribe to which you belong. The answer to this question tells them whether you are safe. You are safe if your beliefs are similar enough. In other words, do you belong to the same tribe? Do you share the same fears, and do the same thought and value controls bind you?
People will consider new ideas if your underlying values seem similar to theirs. It is because they program people to think in terms of tribal boundaries. In many cases, it’s not their fault. Many people go through indoctrination at an early age in their families. Children and people in crisis are vulnerable to systematic brainwashing techniques.
You can help them break free and become freethinkers.
Why Moving Beyond the Tribal Worldview is Hard
The goal is to help someone trapped in a tribal paradigm see the bigger universal picture. To do this, you need to be acceptable to the tribe. You may not yet be a trusted member, but you need to align yourself to be “safe” enough for them to accept any new ideas. Your new idea might be as simple as prompting someone to do their research. It’s a big step for many.
“The argument goes like this. No one thinks their beliefs are wrong. Yet, most would agree that their beliefs confine their perspective. They only feel safe when someone believes what they do. It’s the trap of belief. This is why people need to ask what they believe. They need to know so they can judge you based on the boundaries of their beliefs and values.
So, to align with them, I say I believe in the good in all religions. I am a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, and Hindu plus many more. Some people are okay with this answer.. But others tell me I must one religion. I ask them why? Isn’t it more prudent to believe the best in all, rather than confining yourself to just one point of view?
If they ask you what are the good things of my religion? Respond, what do you think are the positive things? Then you begin the real discussion.” — Guru Tua
Discussing the Inclusive Worldview Perspective
So, here is the strategy. When someone asks what you believe, you might say you agree with all the paths that lead to a better world for everyone. Then ask them about their worldview. Show you align with their paradigm, but above all, be truthful.
For example, if they are a Christian, tell them you believe in Christianity’s positive aspects. If they are Muslim, tell them you align with all the positive aspects of Islam. Whatever their worldview, seek common ground and connect the bottom line to apply the inclusive universal perspective.
Let them know you respect any path consistent in promoting love for everyone and all living things. We have a more detailed outline of this process we call the unconventional approach to save the believer.
Alignment to Open Dialogue
The above approach works well if you can get an initial alignment. If people believe you are genuine in your alignment, you can help facilitate the shift from tribal toward the inclusive worldview. To introduce any “new” ideas, you must first project some alignment with the underlying concepts of their tribe. Moving beyond the tribal worldview is a progressive and positive shift.
Sadly, some people are so ingrained and programmed into their religious beliefs; we cannot persuade them with facts. They strive to maintain tribal vs. universal conflict. Yet, these same people would not dream of giving up the modern conveniences that science has brought to their lives.
All you can do is plant seeds of thought. They must learn how to question the cultural narrative. We will probably not eliminate this clash between paradigms. But we can plant seeds in our circle of influence.
We hope you found this article helpful, maybe even thought-provoking. Our challenge to you is to examine your beliefs in the light of the inclusive worldview that promotes sound science.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) The Dark Ages, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia