I’m just going to quickly expand on what I said about the concept of a society.
'Society' is the system of mutual responsibilities and benefits that we have built for the sole purpose of furthering the survival of the human race. A situation full of humans living outside of society is doomed from the very start, those at the bottom of the ladder will always be persecuted for being of a lesser caste, those at the top will always be targets for those who wish to usurp their position and steal it for themselves. In short it is a slow but certain descent into chaos.
'Society' though isn't without it's problems. We rely on the vast majority of the population to maintain the rules/laws and abide by them, if the majority of people refused to conform then the society would collapse in an astonishingly short time. Another significant drawback is that the shelter and protection provided by the culture’s compassion and sociology allows the weak (the people who would've otherwise been left behind by natural selection) to continue living and draining resources, creating drag factor on the efficacy and efficiency of the civilisation in question. Let's be honest, the drag factor caused by reality tv stars must have held mankind back somewhat akin to a cannonball chained to a moth. If you believe in an automatically balancing system of life and its circumstances in the universe such as karma, then Piers Morgan alone probably caused European debt crisis.
Moving swiftly on, I think this serves as a decent explanation of our basic idea of society, very useful if you wish to understand the context of how our other ideas came to be. Communism, Fascism, Despotism, Democracy. These are all advanced ideas of how to apply this covenant of equality and each of them solve certain problems and create others. The intention of this field of study is to try to discover better and often more equal ways to maintain a social structure.
The debate centres around the concept of freedom, attempting to remove yourself from the binds and restrictions caused by anything and everything. To look at this logically is of course insane. Not being incarcerated is a form of freedom that most of us would recognise but how far does it have to go to be classed as ‘freedom’? Does my house get in the way of where you’d like to walk? If so, does that impair your freedom? Or mine for that matter? These questions are important because different societies and types of societies react to inequality and the perceived lack of freedom differently.
Its very difficult to get to the bottom of this because freedom is a linguistic concept that is near impossible to describe verbally, let alone apply in the real world but nevertheless the whole issue is continually debated to try to find systems to further prolong the forced survival of the eternally doomed human race.
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