Since time immemorial humans have banded together for protection. There was strength in numbers and this premise has held until today, where people with similar issues or beliefs, group together for protection and survival.

Lately, I have seen a lot of infighting and splintering in some of these groups, no different from past times when bands of humans fought and fell out over who got the most meat in a hunt, or where the group should find shelter in the winter, or when their belief systems began to differ, or when they felt their voice was not being heard.

In ancient times, the need to hunt together for survival kept groups intact, that and the fact that a lone human was an easy target for some aggressive carnivore. These needs superseded the other commonalities they shared.

In modern society, not staying as part of a group won’t result in starvation or death by wolf, so it has become easier to focus on the differences within these groups, and sometimes this seems to be at the expense of why they originally came together.

As every person is unique, no two of us will ever be identical, and if we take our differences to the ultimate conclusion, we will end up sitting by ourselves. Reminds me of the People’s Front of Judea sketch in Monty Pythons ‘Life of Brian’.

BRIAN: Are you the Judean People’s Front?

REG: Fuck off!

BRIAN: What?

REG: Judean People’s Front. We’re the People’s Front of Judea! Judean People’s Front. Cawk.

FRANCIS: Wankers.

BRIAN: Can I… join your group?

REG: No. Piss off.

BRIAN: I didn’t want to sell this stuff. It’s only a job. I hate the Romans as much as anybody.

PEOPLE’S FRONT OF JUDEA: Shhhh. Shhhh. Shhh. Shh. Shhhh.

REG: Stumm.

JUDITH: Are you sure?

BRIAN: Oh, dead sure. I hate the Romans already.

REG: Listen. If you wanted to join the P.F.J., you’d have to really hate the Romans.

BRIAN: I do!

REG: Oh, yeah? How much?

BRIAN: A lot!

REG: Right. You’re in. Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the fucking Judean People’s Front.

P.F.J.: Yeah…

JUDITH: Splitters.

P.F.J.: Splitters…

FRANCIS: And the Judean Popular People’s Front.

P.F.J.: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Splitters. Splitters…

LORETTA: And the People’s Front of Judea.

P.F.J.: Yeah. Splitters. Splitters…

REG: What?

LORETTA: The People’s Front of Judea. Splitters.

REG: We’re the People’s Front of Judea!

LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front.

REG: People’s Front! C-huh.

FRANCIS: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg?

REG: He’s over there.

P.F.J.: Splitter!

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