"Well, life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community."
Can you believe there is a kid who talks like that? Like he's already a college professor impressed with the sound of his own voice?
"Gordy," I said. "I don't understand what you're trying to say to me."
"Well, in the early days of humans, the community was our only protection against predators, and against starvation. We survived because we trusted one another."
"So, back in the day, weird people threatened the strength of the tribe. If you weren't good for making food, shelter or babies, then you were tossed out on your own."
"But we're not primitive like that anymore."
"Oh, yes, we are. Weird people still get banished."
"You mean weird people like me," I said.
"And me," Gordy said.
"All right, then," I said. "So we have a tribe of two." (18.20-18.30)
Gordy explains to Arnold the push and pull between an individual and their community – and why Arnold, ever the individual, has been made the outcast of his society. Gordy too, we discover, is a kind of outcast. But why? What do you think of Gordy and Arnold's decision to form their own tribe?