we are social animals.
our emotional well being depend on these social ties
these relationships can be with individual people
but also with larger things: family, neighborhoods, places, countries, ethnicity, culture, world
the more powerful the tie, the stronger the impact on us.
our lives are finite, the function of these ties are in some ways to allow our lives to be lived on by others.
but sometimes i sort of find them somewhat deceiving.
because they can lead us to do stupid things.
family ties that drive people to continue multi-generation family feuds
team ties that drive sport fans to cry and riot after their teams lose
patriotic ties that drive people to carry weapons and kill other human beings