Tribes were homogenous in ancient Europe, the same way they were in Africa and China. There were different Danish tribes, for instance; not all Viking tribes were the same.
They even had different dialects.
Like, when I refer to me studying ancient Norse, I refer to western Norse, rather than Eastern Norse.
The former pertains to Iceland and Norway (with minor differences). The latter pertains to Denmark and Sweden.
There are different provinces of China, for another example. They have different dialects, and were originally different Chinese tribes.
Tribal warfare that raged on for thousands of years is the gist of Chinese history. I refer to movies like, “Hero,” starring Jet Li.
Mandarin was an invented language to unify the different Chinese tribes.
These tribes still exist, you know. It’s why, if you go to China and watch public television, there are Chinese subtitles.
Native Chinese people oft need subtitles when they watch movies and TV in their country. The reason is that there are so many different dialects of Chinese from the different tribes.
Many Chinese people read the subtitles of their own country’s films as if they are foreign.
Creating A Modern Tribe
So, how do we do it? My family. My wife and I.
We don’t try to think ahead and plan everything in the future. We live our lives like anyone else does, but aware of the fact that she’s from Eastern Europe, and I’m from America.
Eastern Europe breaks into different kinds of Slavic cultures. For instance, Latvians have issues with Russians, and vice-versa.
You and your wife get into argument. It’s nothing major. But, you’re wise enough to know that if the same argument continues, you’re going to become tired of each other.
You’re going to resent each other, and fall apart one day. It’s often the little things that tear apart relationships. Like sweeping stuff under the rug. These things happen because you’re afraid to be confrontational with each other.
Well, I’m a very confrontational person. I’m extremely introverted. But, that has nothing to do with needing to defend myself or call out unfairness.
I don’t miss much of anything that goes on in my house, and I don’t sweep things under the rug. I’m way too analytical and honest of a person for that.
So, to prevent the hypothetical argument from recurring, both parties make a concession. Based on the content of their characters and the context of the argument.
You talk your differences out. Get introspective. I’m talking Freudian psychology, even.
What is it about you, your relationship with your mother/father/whatever that made you the way that you are? …which led to you reacting the way you did in situation x, y, or z?
Right? And vice-versa.
You then record your solution somehow. How you came to your solution, so that you can transfer that to your children for the sake of their wellbeing. And their children after them.
Then, you crystallize that in some form of symbolism or an act that you can repeat somehow.
The Value Of Traditions For Cultural Character
The act of repetition over years makes a tradition part of who you are. The act of repetition over generations makes a tradition part of a people.
Depending on what it is, maybe you save the memory of it to review on a calendar.
A year goes around. You check the calendar. Then, you review what it was that you wrote down.
You re-perform the act that would cleanse any toxicity under the surface between you. Or, renew some pleasant memory that made you both very happy, that brought you together as a family.
Reflecting on everything, you begin to realize: “Oh wow…that’s….that’s a holiday. We made a holiday. Right…didn’t think of it that way. What should we name this one?”
Rinse and repeat the process over the course of several years. Innovate new traditions for different problems that you overcome.
Suddenly, one day, you look back in hindsight. You begin to realize that you have a list of your own holidays. With your own language.
…like any other culture in the world.
After a while, you achieve cultural homogeneity. Like Malcolm Gladwell’s description of “The Tipping Point.”
Once you reach the tipping point, racial and cultural differences completely stop mattering.
You’d have formed into one culture at that point, one that works.
And you’d have broken the cycle of your previous ones.
You’d have melted together. Accomplished by relinquishing the elements of your original cultures that couldn’t fit. But, keeping what does.
And each consession to do so was the dropping of a cultural weakness. Because “United we stand; divided, we fall,” right?
Meanwhile, there are only so many problems that could exist in any given relationship. That is, if you’re both self-actualizing individuals who want it to work.
And there you go: a new culture.
Your kids will absorb this information as they grow into it…there you have it. As they have children, and they have children, if you keep your birthrate at 3.0…
…suddenly, you have a population within just a generation or two.
We set Sundays aside (most times, when we can spare) to work on our language. Or, we cook new foods, in the same way that we work on Nova.
Nova’s our family AI.
We keep what we like; we discard what we don’t.