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Tribes and Traitors

Hidden Brain

21 May 2021

31mins

Owltail Summaries

1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

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Tribes and Traitors

21 May 2021

31mins

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Quote

"Either we are alive and human or we are dead and tribal"

Ideas

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Our need for empathy is often not matched by our own capacity to give empathy.
Usually we're too consumed with our own traumas and problems to direct our empathy to others.

Our plea for empathy stems from our view that if we can just make others understand what happens to us, they would do something about it.

But often what we actually do, and what we really want to do, are completely different.

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Our need for empathy is often not matched by our own capacity to give empathy.
Usually we're too consumed with our own traumas and problems to direct our empathy to others.

Our plea for empathy stems from our view that if we can just make others understand what happens to us, they would do something about it.

But often what we actually do, and what we really want to do, are completely different.

2

Nobody really thinks that what they believe in doesn't make sense.
But even if people try to be right, many things go against us understanding the other side.

When Arabs and Israelis think about their conflicts, each of them wants others to know that they have been wronged, and to acknowledge pain on the other side, in some way limiting this claim.

At the same time, when you try to empathize with what the other group is going through, your own friends and tribe, view this as a betrayal, pushing you to not sympathize.

2

Nobody really thinks that what they believe in doesn't make sense.
But even if people try to be right, many things go against us understanding the other side.

When Arabs and Israelis think about their conflicts, each of them wants others to know that they have been wronged, and to acknowledge pain on the other side, in some way limiting this claim.

At the same time, when you try to empathize with what the other group is going through, your own friends and tribe, view this as a betrayal, pushing you to not sympathize.

3

Often, the more you learn about the other side, the more you realise how much you didn't understand.
The easiest judgement is often made on the simplest stories, this is what sparks a lot of tribalism.

But reality is often never black and white, and it's only through forcing yourself to learn about the other side, that you realise how much you didn't understand before making your judgements.

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Often, the more you learn about the other side, the more you realise how much you didn't understand.
The easiest judgement is often made on the simplest stories, this is what sparks a lot of tribalism.

But reality is often never black and white, and it's only through forcing yourself to learn about the other side, that you realise how much you didn't understand before making your judgements.

Questions

1

Can you think of something where you completely misunderstood the other side because you didn't try understanding them?

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Can you think of something where you completely misunderstood the other side because you didn't try understanding them?

What else is in the episode

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A former Israeli soldier and a Palestinian man who asked a radical question: what happens when you empathize with your enemy?

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A former Israeli soldier and a Palestinian man who asked a radical question: what happens when you empathize with your enemy?

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How empathy is powerful, but also carries risks

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How empathy is powerful, but also carries risks

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