Tribalism in the Human Zoo




The video documentary featured here is a socio-anthropological examination and study of the subject of “human territoriality.” It is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by Desmond Morris, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 27 July 1994. The series was produced in association with the Discovery Channel.

Territoriality is one reference point by which the human ego defines itself, whether in terms of individual space or the collective aggrupation of people characterized by shared belief systems or strongly-held common interests. In the human condition, it gives rise to the sense of tribalism and belongingness that holds us captive to forms of mythic memberships, false divisions and barriers to realizing spiritual oneness. It keeps the development of human consciousness stuck at its present evolutionary phase at the mental-egoic level, preventing us from making the quantum leap in spiritual transformation to God-Consciousness.

An insight into this divisive dimension of humanhood can prove to be helpful in understanding the emotional energies that drive us to social forms of tribalism and to living in the caged human zoo of our making. From thereon, we can break free from this primitive tribalism and move on to the attainment of true individual freedom in the spiritual liberation of soul illumination.

Diagram of Human Psycho-social Development

Mythic Membership in Human Psycho-Social Development

Although produced in the 1990s, the documentary is more relevant today in 2018 than ever before, due to the phenomenon of rising phony nationalist movements that are threatening the social advancement, well-being and harmony of peoples, nations, countries, societies and the world.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Kevin Stanislawski for posting the video on YouTube.]

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Breaking Down Tribalism through Enlightened Understanding and a Sense of Unity


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