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Is it part of human nature to have a hierarchy?

This question was mainly inspired by my history class. We were going over some Russian Marxists, and I thought it was interesting that even a communist regime will have a leader. This brought up the question, "Is it natural for humans to have a leader?" I thought about any organization and realized they all have a decently-defined hierarchy. I also thought about our cavemen ancestors and the sort of familial hierarchy with the father as the provider of food and safety (I haven't really studied anthropology, so tell me if I'm incorrect).

Feel free to ask clarifying questions, and I am looking forward to your responses!


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    Oct 15 2013: I think this is where our baser instincts come to the fore, our animal side if you will. It is a very natural thing for some people to have greater strengths in certain areas. And the same goes for leadership. It is natural for any group to separate into where its strengths and weaknesses lie and that is part of our great survival instinct.

    Some people are natural leaders, others have many strengths but will contribute to any society in different (and no less useful ways). We all have different roles and functions. So yes, in conclusion, it is a very natural part of our nature to separate out and form hierarchies!

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