Session 5 - The Necessity of Social Life

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Let's begin by explaining what is the social development that drives political development and developments in every other realm of life—family, economy, education, culture, science, and technology.

 

Today's social life began to develop eons ago, when we first realized that we couldn't provide for all our needs by ourselves. Although we emerged from the animal kingdom, humans do not live in packs or flocks the way animals do. It is inherent within us to seek to thrive, evolve, develop the environment, learn what life is about, and how I can improve my situation. It is an egoistic drive; everyone wants a better, safer, more peaceful life.

 

Everyone also wants to be superior to others. We are envious, seeking power, respect, and lust. Indeed, these qualities existed and even thrived in the most ancient civilizations, impelling us to grow and develop. Therefore, man must lead a social life. While we can cope in the woods, if we tried, we would evolve as animals. There are cases of people who were lost in the woods and lived there. They grew up as animals. Under such conditions, a person acquires the form of an animal, losing the human within to such an extent that it is impossible to restore that person's social skills and integrate him in the human society.

 

Thus, throughout the generations, our development has been with the purpose of developing society—the environment.

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Topic

Human beings are social creatures. Their needs and development depend on society.

Main Points

  • Developments in all aspects of life (economics, politics, culture, etc.), stem from and are reflections of humanity's social development.
  • It is human nature to have a drive to prosper, to thrive and grow, and to develop and discover how to improve oneself evermore.
  • Human beings have an egoistic drive to be better off than even their fellow man.
  • The desire to thrive obligates mankind to develop a social life.
  • Man evolves according to his surroundings—his society, his environment.

References

"...almost the whole of our actions and desires is bound up with the existence of other human beings."

spaceandmotion.com

"The individual is able to think, feel, strive, and work by himself; but he depends so much upon society - in his physical, intellectual, and emotional existence - that it is impossible to think of him, or to understand him, outside the framework of society."

"Why Socialism?"

Cooley destroys the belief that human nature has some content and meaning superior to the social order. The individual is the mirror image of the society.

"Influence of Human on the Nature"

Engage Yourself

Question 4: Please read the following quote from an article by Linguist and Psychologist, Dr. Loretta F. Kasper:

"We all enter this world as potentially social beings. When we are born, we are essentially helpless and must depend upon others to fulfill our most basic physiological needs. As we grow and mature, we experience an ongoing process of social interaction which enables us to develop the skills we will need to participate in human society."

Please describe the connection between Dr. Kasper's words and what we have learned from this session:

Question 3: Please describe a situation in which the needs of other people (not members of your family) depend on you, and another situation where your needs depend on others (not family members):

Question 2: Please complete the following sentence: Man was unable to satisfy all his needs by himself so...

Before you begin working on these exercises, go to the kitchen, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, or whatever makes you feel good. Come back and relax in your chair, and for 5 minutes throw away any cynicism, as far away as possible, open up your heart and watch the following music video. [link to video is here, if needed]

Question 1: Imagine yourself and your family living tens of thousands of years ago, as a family of prehistoric humans. What is similar between your family life in prehistoric times and your life today? (you can use the session transcript if you find it helpful)