A reader sent me a
link to the following story and asked me what I thought about it.
create a community of their own
I found it interesting. Here are a group of Jewish folks who share
both a religion and a love of motorcycles.
What interests me more is that so many people find groups
like a Jewish, Christian or women's motorcycle club unusual enough
to be newsworthy.
you rarely see articles on church or gender related groups
anywhere except the "Local Happenings" or "Community" sections
of a newspaper, I'm going to assume it's the motorcycle aspect that
We humans are basically herd animals. Whether or not we like
admitting it, we tend to congregate in groups and we are the most
with people who are like us in some important way.
call this "ethnocentrism", which is basically the belief
that my group is better, our ways are good and right and different
to be trusted and might even be dangerous. While this belief is the
basis of all prejudice, it is also an integral part of our survival
instinct because the groups we form usually protect and help their
members. In the past, those groups were family, tribe, nation or
ethnic in origin.
Today's groups are more likely to be formed by people sharing one
or two common interests that they are passionate about. Hence we see
factors like religion and motorcycles the basis for forming a group.
If you clicked on the link and read the article I was sent, you heard
the members refer to themselves as "family". If you are a regular reader
our members refer to us as a "sisterhood".
As motorcyclists, we are usually passionate about our motorcycles.
There is a sticker you can get to put on your bike that says, "If
you value your life as much as I value this motorcycle, you won't touch
it." I've seen it on lots of bikes. It makes sense to me that
motorcyclists would be passionate about other things as well.
The bottom line: Religion, gender and occupation (law enforcement)
combined with motorcycles seem like a good basis to form a group and
we'll probably see more of these hybrid groups forming in the future.
Eventually, they'll be seen as normal and no longer newsworthy.
What do you think? Express
Your Opinion on this topic.