When we join an organization and become part of something, collisions happen. Standards change. 

Sometimes, these tribal affiliations push us to become better versions of ourselves. We take a long-term view, check our selfish impulses and work hard to meet the high standards of those around us.

But if we’re not careful, we can join a group that indulges in our selfishness, one that pushes us to be callous or short-sighted. To become part of the mob, or the insolent bystanders.

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Collision:   noun  /kəˈlɪʒ.ən/

a strong disagreement:

“There was a collision of interests/opinions.”


Tribe  noun  / trʌɪb/

a company, group, or set of persons, esp. one with strong common traits or interests.

Tribal     adjective   /ˈˈtrʌɪb(ə)l/

relating to a tribe


Affiliation:    noun /əˌfɪl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/

a connection with a political party or religion, or with a larger organization:

“The group has affiliations with several organizations abroad.”

“Their lack of affiliation to any particular bank allows them to give objective financial advice.”


Indulge:    verb /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/

to allow yourself or another person to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you:

“The soccer fans indulged their patriotism, waving flags and singing songs.”
“I love champagne but I don’t often indulge myself.”
“We took a deliberate decision to indulge in a little nostalgia.”

“an opportunity to indulge in leisure activities like reading”


Callous:    noun /ˈkæləs/

unkind, cruel, and without sympathy or feeling for other people:

“It might sound callous, but I don’t care if he’s homeless. He’s not living with me!”


Short-sighted   adjective      disapproving        uk /ˌʃɔːtˈsaɪ.tɪd/ us /ˌʃɔːrtˈsaɪ.t̬ɪd/

not thinking enough about how an action will affect the future:

“It’s very short-sighted of the government not to invest in technological research.”


Mob:  Noun / mɒb/ 

a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.

“a mob of protesters”


Insolent:      adjective  us /ˈɪn·sə·lənt/

rude and not showing respect:

“an insolent child/young man”

“She hated the insolent tone of his voice”


Bystanders:  noun  /ˈbɑɪˌstæn·dər/

a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not involved in it:

“Many innocent bystanders were injured by the explosion.”