Tribes are a hot topic today as a concept political scientists and pundits have found useful to describe America's polarized political landscape. But our tribal tendencies may have a flip side: a way in which, properly harnessed, tribal instincts and behavior might alleviate other scourges of modern society.
Public displays of affection make everyone uncomfortable. Public marriage proposals? Downright dangerous.
I remember thinking how weird it felt. I was sitting on an airplane in a seat next to my boss, 20 years older than me, and a man with whom I’d had minimal conversations. We were both quiet, introverted, not prone to talking. Plus he was my boss, the magazine’s editor. And I didn’t like flying.
A plate of cookies sat on a table by the door, half-empty by the time I arrived. Coffee in cardboard boxes and a stack of clean paper cups. I didn’t dare pour one for myself because I was late, having walked halfway around McCourtney Hall, angsty and out of breath and unable to find the “auditorium.” Plus which, I’d never been to a doctoral defense before.
In search of savings and lower carbon emissions, Notre Dame is employing a new heating and cooling system: planet Earth.
So there’s this thing that happened, and it seemed so right at the time, the natural flowering of life and love, a moment meant to be. But that was then, and this is now.
Win or lose, when you're with friends, every seat is a premium seat. Even in your own living room.
Telling the astronomical and theological story of the universe for the Vatican.