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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 29 2013: I have no training in these sorts of things but tend to be more observant than most—well that is what I noticed.

    In simple percentages I would say about 80% seem to need a leader or to be the leader. There is another 10% of the population that just don’t want to be managed by them. And the remaining 10% just do not care what other people think.

    Since the majority usually forces its desire upon the village and those that don’t want to be comply with the community are not welcome I believe an evolutionary tendency would be inbreed.

    Now for the hierarchies that may simply be the simplest (straight line) to getting the directive from the leaders all the way down. Each link must earn the trust of the chain above that it will carry out the rules as directed.

    If it takes you one minute to convey to a person said rules and you must inform 343 persons this will then take a time of 343 minutes but instead if you tell seven persons which tell seven persons which tell seven persons then total time would be 3×7 or 21 minutes. Since this conveyance is done in parallel time is saved.
    L*N^1/L == 3 * 343^1/3 == 3 * 7

    My son at nine made the observation that the lead dog cannot be too far out in front of the pack [to be effective]. I am so glad my observation skill made it to my kids.

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