Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Three, Earth; Part Twenty, Collective, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 141, May 21st, 2017

 

Chapter One: Family

 

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Humans are trapped in it, suspended, enwrapped. The majority of people who have ever lived, never lived apart from these bonds.

 

Familial obligations are invisible.

 

Everything we are comes from the family, everything we do redounds to the family name.

 

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Day 142, May 22st, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Kin

 

As families become clans the bonds of loyalty are set in the body, constructed from chemicals and enzymes, by proteins and amino acids, by the songs and rhythms unique to each group. They pass on their memories from one generation to the next.

 

These are bonds that we do not see, that we never question.

 

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Day 143, May 23rd, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Village

 

Hierarchies emerge in village life, just as they do everywhere in the animal world, social hierarchies forming around the well, at the markets, the places of worship and religious life, and in the seat judgment.

 

The center is everything, with rank flowing out from it in concentric rings.

 

A person was either in or out.

 

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Day 144, May 24th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Tribe

 

There was safety in the tribe, and the ability to test one’s self through competition with peers.

 

There were shared customs, and stories, and rituals in the tribe, those things both shaped the structure of the tribe and taught all of its members the means by which they could advance.

 

There was otherness as well.

 

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Day 145, May 25th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: City

 

Encampments became villages, and villages became towns.

Towns grew into cities as people migrated into the urban centers for trade, and work. They clung together in ever greater numbers, for protection, and opportunity.

 

Families dispersed, becoming ever less important.

 

What became paramount were the relationship the individual had to neighbors and teachers, patronage and clientage.

 

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Day 146, May 26th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: State

 

Large cities gathered smaller towns and villages to themselves, just as families did kin, to form greater clans and tribes.

 

The bonds that formed were like the spokes of wheel, both radiating from the center and supporting the outer frame.

 

There were the ancient bonds of vassalage, bonds of the imagination, bonds of determination.

 

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Day 147, May 27th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Nation

 

Common language, common custom, rituals and religion; these tie people together, as ligaments connect bone and muscles in the joints of the body.

 

They formed nations from states, building on the foundations of security and prosperity.

 

The old allegiances of family, tribe, and clan were shifting ever-outward, away from people, into the world of ideas.

 

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Section Three, Earth

 

Part Twenty, Collective

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Family

02 Kin

03 Village

04 Tribe

05 City

06 State

07 Nation

 

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