Ovi -
we cover every issue
Visit Ovi bookshop - Free eBooks  
Ovi Bookshop - Free Ebook
Stop human trafficking
Ovi Language
George Kalatzis - A Family Story 1924-1967
Stop violence against women
Tony Zuvela - Cartoons, Illustrations
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
BBC News :   - 
iBite :   - 
Eureka: Some other extra notes on global cultures
by Jay Gutman
2018-07-18 09:12:57
Print - Comment - Send to a Friend - More from this Author
DeliciousRedditFacebookDigg! StumbleUpon

A few final notes on the differences between free societies, tribal societies and militarized societies.


cultur001_400Free societies: You cook a meal that's tasty and add lots of flavor to it. You make sure those who eat are full and don't control how much people want to eat. You offer variety and diversity, and take every individual's tastes into account.

Tribal societies: Cooking involves traditions day in and day out, not just on the holidays. You cook traditional dishes, and take the weather into account when cooking. There's traditional food for the summer, for the winter, for when it rains, and of course for holidays and special occasions.

Militarized societies: Cooking is in a way a means to communicate with the troops. It tends to be a mixture of earth, fire, wind, water and heart. If you offer a lot of meat, that's a symbol of the heart that means you like the people you are serving food to. If the food you cook has a lot of earth elements in it, such as dry vegetables or fried vegetables and fruit that means you are signaling to your troops that they are down to earth. If the food you serve has a lot of water in it such as soup that means the troops are drowning in trouble, usually financial trouble. If the food you cook has a lot of wind elements in it such as steam, that means your troops are losing focus and are being overtaken by the wind. If the food has a lot of fire elements in it and is boiling hot or fiery and spicy, that means you are angry at your troops for misbehaving.


Free societies: being an artist is a career choice and artists have many ways to express themselves. Art galleries are an egalitarian place where anyone who wants to expose can expose. If you ask for favors in the art world, you shall receive them. Ask to expose and you will expose. You paint, sculpt or record what you like; you don't need to be consistent. You can be abstract or concrete, direct or indirect, complete or incomplete; you are your own source of inspiration. 

Tribal societies: art is for rich people and must represent the tribe. A lot of the art represents traditional objects, traditional people, traditional events and traditional ideas. Abstract art is not the norm. Religious art is a common form of art. Traditional arts such as mosaics or miniatures also exist. 

Militarized societies: artists are soldiers who are constantly on the battlefield. They must constantly be producing, must constantly be painting, sculpting, recording or building. Artists are ranked among themselves and the higher ranking artists sell for higher prices and consumers don't have a say in this. Higher ranking artists tend to be those from high ranking families. Art represents war and peace symbols, ferocious or docile animals, honors military troops or calm village scenes. Calm nature or violent nature is also represented.

Art galleries

Free societies: if you have an art gallery, anyone can be your friend and anyone can expose, you talk to everyone and love talking to artists.

Tribal societies: art galleries are off limits to the general population and tend to be empty, save for the rare events that are organized and where tribe members are invited.

Militarized societies: art galleries are divided by rank; you have high-ranking and low-ranking art galleries. A low-ranking person cannot expose at a high-ranking gallery.

University professors 

Free societies: University professors are experts of the topics they teach and can go on for hours without notes. They try to teach every side of the coin and try to get the audience to participate, either by providing input or by asking questions, or even by debating.

Tribal societies: University professors have advanced degrees but look at the tribal side of things. They will divide topics by order of tribe, will teach the Western and Oriental side of the coin, and will honor the researchers before them who did a lot of work.

Militarized societies: university professors lead the troops and engage in long monologues, which are scripted, and may occasionally go off script. They clearly lead the class, and students must not question their authority or talk back. If you show disrespect to the professor, the entire platoon will get punished. Professors take it for granted that students are of different ranks among themselves, and will order those of higher rank to boss around those of lower rank. Bribing professors is common.

In the classroom

Free societies: students are allowed to be late, don't need permission to go to the bathroom, can leave the classroom if the course is getting boring, can leave the classroom to pick up the phone and participate equally in the classroom. They can interrupt teachers, ask questions, or suggest that we move to a different topic.

Tribal societies: teachers and students are the members of the same tribe and are more or less equals. But the professor will read notes and discuss those notes with the students. In high school and universities, students can discuss the local political, social, economic situation of the tribe, sometimes omitting to teach the topic altogether.

Militarized societies: Silence is mandatory and you don't go talking once you enter the classroom. You pretend to show interest in what the teacher is saying, show that you are disciplined and obedient at all times. Students are ranked, and the lower ranking student must do the classroom chores and must take action when the teacher needs help. 

Watching television

Free societies: people turn on the television when there's an interesting program or there's nothing interesting to talk about. Television programs are based on consensus, and people must have a good reason to watch a program.

Tribal societies: television is turned on either to avoid conversation or left on if the conversation goes out of bounds. When someone starts talking about something taboo, the other person points to the television and pretends to show interest in what's on television.

Militarized societies: conversation is frowned upon; the higher-ranking person decides whether to switch on the television and what to watch on television.

Television shows

Free societies: shows try to both give pleasure and satisfy the curiosity of the viewers.

Tribal societies: shows must emphasize the values and traditions of the tribe.

Militarized societies: shows put an emphasis on rank, and are often about higher-ranking people who live in very luxurious houses in very luxurious neighborhood. Not only are the characters from the show from the social elite, they are also very attractive and very “cute” and are also kind and obedient.


Free societies: movies emphasize freedom or the pursuit of freedom, justice or the pursuit of justice, happiness or the pursuit of happiness.

Tribal societies: movies emphasize traditions, traditional life and social themes such as poverty or marriage.

Militarized societies: movies either depict high-ranking society, or high-ranking mafia members, or high-ranking sports stars, entertainers, businessmen and the like. In some cases movies honor the past achievements of the nation.

Most visited websites

Free societies: social media has a lot of users, but so do media and news sites, sports sites or entertainment sites and business sites.

Tribal societies: social media is mainly used. A few local press sites also have a lot of visitors.

Militarized societies: research sites are mainly used by office workers and students who need applications to fix their reports, or shopping sites.

The art of conversation

Free societies: people take turns when talking and talk about their daily lives. People rarely censor each other or interrupt each other, although sometimes they do. People talk about their past lives and future aspirations, and discuss what's in the news along with what goes on at their school or job.

Tribal societies: A lot of the conversation centers on people. Only family and close friends talk to each other, and talking about you is frowned upon. People can get aggressive and defensive during conversation, and will use a lot of hints and innuendos, in some cases stories are made up and parallel another stories. Code words and euphemisms are frequent.

Militarized societies: only higher-ranking people talk and lower-ranking people listen. You need authorization from higher-ranking people to say something, and you should never offend higher ranking people, but higher ranking people have all the rights to offend you. Higher-ranking people will show off their higher rank by criticizing directly lower ranking people, while lower ranking people are only allowed to praise higher ranking people.

Expressing and confessing love

Free societies: if you love someone, you just say so.

Tribal societies: if you love someone, you send all kinds of hints to the person. You keep “liking” their Facebook posts, keep leaving messages on their Facebook posts, keep calling them for petty things, or in some cases will wait for weeks for the person to call you or hint that they love you back.

Militarized societies: you keep hanging out with the person you are in love with and awkwardly wait for something to happen. You delay the love confession ad infinitum.

Expressing resentment

Free societies: you tell the person exactly why you hate them and why you don't want to talk to them anymore. If they are sorry and admit they did something wrong, you accept the apology.

Tribal societies: you beat around the bush and can't express your resentment clearly. You express resentment by being loud and aggressive, and by using aggressive language.

Militarized societies: if you are higher-ranking, you express your resentment directly and bully the person you resent, by depriving them of food, drink, emotionally abuse them and in some cases physically or even sexually abuse them. If you are lower-ranking, you stop talking to the person.

What friends talk about

Free societies: the news, friends, past life, present life, future plans

Tribal societies: bad people, good people, injustice, the social, economic and political situation of the country.

Militarized societies: rank, luxury goods, getting promotions, the future.

What strangers talk about

Free societies: the news, friends, past life, present life, future life.

Tribal societies: rules, what people here like, what people here don't like, what you should do, what you shouldn't do.

Militarized societies: higher-ranking people ask lots of questions to lower-ranking people to see how they can use them.

The environment and environmental protection

Free societies: people tend to be environmentally conscious and try to help protect the environment.

Tribal societies: environmental protection is a buzzword and we sign conventions if you have to, but don't really care about the environment.

Militarized societies: tend to be the most polluted in the world. Higher-ranking people care more about making money than saving the environment.

Using office space

Free societies; every individual is free to choose his or her desk and where to place it. Individuals can decorate their desk as they wish; decorating the office is based on consensus.

Tribal societies: teams share an office together but are rarely in the office. People move around different offices to chat with different people. Little or no effort is made to decorate the office. People put signs on the door or on their desks when they are angry, or try to hint that they are angry.

Militarized societies: higher-ranking people have desks that watch over lower-ranking people and also have software where they can access the files and watch the computer screen of lower-ranking staff. Higher-ranking staff must keep an eye on lower-ranking staff at all times.  

When free societies meet free societies

People talk to each other as if they were acquaintances, discuss freely, in some cases exchange phone numbers, and discuss everything there is to discuss. When you're new in town, they will tell you everything there is to know about the new town.

When free societies meet tribal societies

Free societies are confused about the emphasis on the tribe. Free societies are constantly asked questions about their tribe, how they feel about their tribe and whether they are proud about their tribe. They can be accused of liking their tribe too much if they talk about their tribe in positive terms. 

When free societies meet militarized societies

Free societies find a lot of awkward silences when they meet militarized societies. They are heavily censored, are not allowed to speak their minds, and end up staying quiet and observing, or hanging out with the members of other free societies. 

When tribal societies meet free societies

People from tribal societies will not discuss their personal life but will describe their tribe at length. They will invite people to try traditional food, try traditional activities and learn about the tradition.

When tribal societies meet tribal societies

This is when tribes start competing. My tribe is better than yours. No my tribe is better than yours. 

When tribal societies meet militarized societies

People from tribal societies are confused by the lack of social cohesion in militarized societies. They envy the power that higher-ranking members have, but find the society too rigid.

When militarized societies meet free societies

Militarized people tend to be confused that no one is trying to boss people around and that people discuss everything openly. They will start off as lower-ranking members of the free tribe, but will eventually, in imaginary ways, think that they have acceded to higher ranks over time and will start bossing people around.

When militarized societies meet tribal societies

Militarized people don't understand the tribal societies' lack of structure. They keep asking them what the structure is and get no response. Over time, they will try to structure the tribe in militarized fashion.
When militarized societies meet militarized societies

There is confusion about ranks and no one is sure what the rank of the other is. There is a battle of egos and a battle of ranks, where both try to gain higher rank than the other. 

Print - Comment - Send to a Friend - More from this Author

Get it off your chest
 (comments policy)

© Copyright CHAMELEON PROJECT Tmi 2005-2008  -  Sitemap  -  Add to favourites  -  Link to Ovi
Privacy Policy  -  Contact  -  RSS Feeds  -  Search  -  Submissions  -  Subscribe  -  About Ovi