In 2020, COVID-19 has become one of the most talked about and divisive topics. It has brought to light deep-seated political tribalism that has been simmering beneath the surface for years. As a result, it is now more important than ever to understand how politics and pandemics mix and how this can affect our lives.
The term “tribalism” refers to an individual or group’s loyalty to their own tribe without regard for any other external influences. This type of behavior usually comes from a place of fear, as individuals or groups feel threatened by those outside their circle. In a political sense, tribalism can manifest in the form of people who are adamantly opposed to a certain party or politician despite any evidence that suggests they may have some good ideas. This type of behavior is often seen as negative because it can lead to hatred and bigotry towards anyone seen as an “outsider”.
The current pandemic has only served to further exacerbate these feelings of tribalism in many countries around the world. This is due in part to the fact that governments have had to make difficult decisions in order to contain the virus, such as implementing travel restrictions and lockdowns which have caused disruption for millions worldwide. These decisions have also been highly politicized with people on either side of the political divide finding ways to criticize them regardless of whether they are effective or not. This leads to even greater polarization among citizens as they argue over what should be done instead.
As if this wasn’t enough, there are also many conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19 which can further stoke tensions between opposing factions. For example, some believe that it was created by scientists in a lab while others think it was unleashed by terrorists or foreign governments trying to gain control over certain nations. These theories have spread like wildfire thanks in part to social media platforms which provide an easy outlet for people with extreme views on either side of the political spectrum to express themselves unchecked and unchallenged.
Despite its positive effects on society, the current state of political tribalism is a dangerous one and must be addressed if we are going to effectively combat COVID-19 and other pressing issues facing our world today. Everyone must remember that we are all human beings first and foremost and that our differences should not be used as weapons against each other but rather embraced so that we can find common ground on which we can build meaningful solutions together – regardless of our backgrounds or beliefs. If we can do this then perhaps we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before!