|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
Unlike mice and even fish, the so-called "civilized" people do not any more sniff at each other when they meet. Still they have their own mechanisms to recognize the "akin" and the "alien". May be they inherited them from fish or even more ancient ancestors granted them by nature for survival. As far as at the dawn of human society the "akin" was a potential ally against the "alien" who was a potential danger. When united, the "akin" made a kin and a tribe, the basis of which still remains Kipling's wolf pack cry: "We are of the same blood - you and me!" Some historians apply this division into "akin" and "alien" to such complicated social phenomena as xenophobia and anti-Semitism.