And Putin didn’t hardwire humanity with the negative aspect of the tribal impulse — fear and hate of those who are different — the “other.” Even sports when it’s my team against your team is the tribal impulse in action just for fun.

The tribal impulse springs from the survival mode of one’s primitive ego. It is tangled up in everything we do both good and bad, which it is required to do in order that it line with up with the ultimate law of the universe — probability balance, where creation is always offset by destruction. Stars are born and stars die, as with all life as well.

No matter how we may wish it, there is no cure for either probability balance or the tribal impulse. Thus we live in a world of unending strife, a world where a gentleman like Obama is offset by a sleaze like Trump.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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