BOUNDARY MARKERS

What do we gain, and what do we lose, when building better tribes?

We gain: A sense of identity, belonging, and more bodies to do stuff with. We gain insularity, resistance to change, longevity. We lose: who we were before.
(Although we can write it down).

In ancient Israel, boundary markers, stones, marked the boundaries between properties. You farm your part, I farm mine, keep out of each other's business. When it's both our business, cooperate. Or go see the elders, if we can't agree.

In ancient Israel, ditto with the Ten Commandments. You do your part, I do mine, keep out of each other's business. When it's both our business, cooperate. Or go see the elders, if we can't agree.

The Torah includes a beautiful admonition to leave a bushel of wheat for the stranger, who is always passing through.

Who have we become?
Can we move the stones now?
Who are the Elders?
Help.

Robin Wyatt Dunn is a writer in Los Angeles. He is 33 years old.