Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Self and the Other

Why is it that humans need a common enemy in order to band together? Maybe there's an innate need for a extended tribal sort of identity?

Timothy Garton has an interesting take on this.

If the world is to have the anthem it deserves, we need a big fat common enemy. I'm afraid inanimate challenges like climate change, [AIDS] or meteors won't do the trick. What we need is some really nasty aggressor to be repulsed. When the Martians invade, the world will get its [anthem].|There are great national anthems - now we need an international one|

1 comment:

Neal R. Axton (USA) said...

A friend pointed out to me that the DC comics hero Ozymandias stages a faux alien invasion to unite humanity in his quest to save us from the scourge of nuclear annihilation.