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Social systems around the world Social systems around the world
by Joseph Gatt
2021-06-11 08:30:02
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Last time I discussed legal systems around the world. This time I'll discuss social systems in free, tribal and militarized societies.

Simply put, in militarized societies, people are treated like “dolls.” That is, when a girl (or a boy) owns a doll or a teddy bear, they don't care about the teddy bear's feelings, emotions, needs, urgencies, freedom. They play around with the doll, cuddle with the doll if they're in the mood to, hit the teddy bear and tear out its head if that's their mood. They don't allow their teddy bears lunch breaks, nor do they understand that teddy bears might have their mama bear or wife bear wanting to spend a quiet weekend with them. The teddy bear is available 24/7, and the boy or girl has full and complete ownership over the teddy bear.

soc0001_400In tribal societies, people are more like cats. Cats feed their children and watch over their children, and hunt for food. When food sources are found, other stray cats come along and try to join the party. Fights ensue, cats try to throw each other out of the ring, cats try to keep the food source for themselves and their children. When food is plentiful, cats “tolerate” the presence of other stray cats, but they fight frequently nonetheless. When food is scarce, cats fight hard for exclusive ownership of the food source.

In free societies, people are more like dogs. They are playful, they all have different personalities, they don't like being bothered or attacked. But other than that they are very thankful when fed, and if fed and treated well, they shower you with affection. Dogs have empathy and like to cheer you up if you had a bad day. Dogs pay attention to what goes on around them, and my friend's dog once woke me up in the morning at 6 AM sharp (I'd forgot to set my alarm clock that day) because the dog knew that I had to wake up at 6 AM on that specific day. But if attacked or mistreated, dogs can be very aggressive, and they can kill you.

So in militarized societies, on the human level, people tend not to realize that you are a human being with your own set schedule, you own ways, your own likes and dislikes, your own plans and dreams, you own tastes when it comes to hanging out with particular people. People call you on the phone at random times (including at 3 AM). People give you orders without you necessarily having obligations to carry out the order. People impose activities. If I want to take you to the park, we're going to the park, and I don't need your opinion kind of thing.

So at the parenting level or at the company level, the parents “own” the children and the boss “owns” his or her subordinates. Children and subordinates are like teddy bears. The parents or boss will play with children or subordinates depending on their mood. If they're in a good mood they can be playful. If they're in a bad mood they can tear their children or subordinates into pieces.

Tribal societies. Kind of like cats, they tend not to appreciate the presence of others. I lived in tribal societies for the last 5 years, I kind of “own” an apartment, and when my “friends” came over to my apartment, it's almost like they were trying to throw me out of my own apartment. My “friends” liked the neighborhood, the quiet nature of the building, the safety of the place, and the televisions and fridge and other equipment. But my friends tended to hate my presence! They'd talk loudly on the phone, give me the silent treatment, yell at me repeatedly, order me chores including carrying boxes of beer in my backpack for 60 minutes, and they would complain about what I thought was delicious food.

Same goes for workers at companies. People work with each other but try to kick each other out. They're going to be condescending towards each other, they will give each other the silent treatment, they will yell at each other, they will lie to each other, and they will try to get each other in trouble.

But, in tribal societies, unlike in militarized societies, people tend to know that they are dealing with human beings, and they tend to be careful not to push the other “cat” too hard into becoming a ferocious cat, or to push people into fighting a bit too hard. And when people give them a tough fight, they tend to quit.

Free societies. If you treat people well, they will tend to be very friendly and polite. They will shower you with attention and affection. They will do their best to help you out, and will help you any way they can. My friend's dog woke me up at 6 AM when I forgot to set up the alarm clock (by licking my hand and face until he made sure I was up and getting dressed). In free societies, likewise, people will help you with your tasks, with your chores, will help you get a job; will help you in any way they can. If plumbing is their thing, they'll come over and fix your plumbing. If computers are their thing, they'll fix your computer. But if you attack them, they can become very dangerous, perhaps in some very extreme cases even deadly.

That kind of sums it up. So in militarized societies, don't be surprised if people are treating you like a teddy bear. In tribal societies, don't be surprised if you feel like you live like a stray cat. And you know what to do in free societies.

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