Meaning in Society

Where two or more individuals exist in a given environment, a society in the loosest form has begun.  Personal, professional, and social relationships are the foundation of this society.  Such a civilization is based upon mutually agreed upon self-benefiting rules.  Basic and often unspoken, these rules define the conditions of membership.  A society carries with it an identity.  Members individually determine that it is advantageous to adhere to these rules for their own safety, security, and collective identity.  Self centered impulses and desires are controlled through the promise of greater success tomorrow.  Once the basic needs of food and shelter are secured, the desire for social interaction, attention, achievement, and attainment arise.  All of these are driven by the need to control, and control of self is regulated by the ego.  All relationships have a common denominator and this is “you.”

Each relationship is unique, each is variable, and each is agenda-based.

Each relationship is unique, each is variable, and each is agenda-based.  Personal perspective determines each person’s reality and without an acknowledgement of individual human weakness and the interdependent nature of the bond, there will be a constant struggle for dominance.  This competition for control is the seed of destruction of all unions.
Societies are based upon order and justice.  Education and training of the members, and specifically the youth, to the principles and beliefs of the group, is paramount. Parents are the primary teachers.  To perpetuate any society, time proven values and ideals must be learned.  Trust and obedience to the rules and wisdom of societal elders is initially required until sufficient understanding is secured to ensure adherence to societal truths.  By nature we follow the course of least resistance.  Without council, support, and direction, most of us will remain self absorbed.  As awareness for limited resources is sensed, vanity, greed, envy, and anger surface accordingly.  These emotions drive us to advance, achieve, and acquire.  The fear of loss develops alongside these attainments.  We fear the things we don’t understand.  Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear things before we hate them.  A child who fears the unfamiliar becomes a man who hates diversity.  To regulate these strong emotions, social norms and expectations develop.  As these time-proven societal skills are taught to the youth by caring adults and teachers, society and, in turn, the individual, should benefit.

Originally posted on September 15, 2011 on