Monday, January 15, 2007

thematic material--tribal

I've often wondered why the U.S., almost alone among the leading, developed nations, has such a draconian social network of health care, unemployment benefits, welfare arrangements, and such. A recent article in the NY Times, about or by a researcher, suggested that it may be because of our diverse ethnic and racial population. People may feel that others outside the tribe ought to look out for themselves. I'd always thought extreme ambition was more the driving force. Other countries with a more homogeneous population might think more benevolently about their neighbor. I wondered if a tightly focused example of this tribal concept might be the theme of a short story, avoiding, of course, being anything like didactic.

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