Thursday 8 December 2016

Is humanity's tribalism the root of all that is most evil in this world?

We can blame Islamism in the East or guns in US, but Sarah Carey argues our primal instincts lie behind the violence

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

SADNESS: The scene of Thursday’s attrocity in Nice, now adorned with floral tributes. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
SADNESS: The scene of Thursday’s attrocity in Nice, now adorned with floral tributes. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Regular readers will know that I live in Enfield. It's a fairly inconsequential village, but we have a geographic peculiarity that has taught me much about the human condition. Enfield is in Co Meath, but we're surrounded by Kildare on three sides.

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I do a Sarah Palin thing where I shrilly declare: "I can see Kildare from my house!"

I really can. It's just across the river at the end of the field. We joke that if the Lilies get a glint of ethnic cleansing in their eyes, we'll be the first ones to go. Between that and the Dublin flags provocatively displayed in the housing estates, it doesn't take much to imagine a Balkan descent into conflict as the GAA championship season reaches its peak.

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