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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 30 2013: Wow! good topic. It is the norm, that any kind of of business, community, or organization have a hierarchy. I think it's important to have it in order for the "group" to function properly. Someone has to oversee all task and make sure they are done correctly. To answer your question I believe it is part of human nature to choose a leader who we believe will improve our way of living, that leader will probably then choose who he believes is more reliable with certain task. Although not all the time we choose correctly, this is our hope. Funny enough even though we seek improvement of our way of life through this leader, we still fear change, and that is also human nature to my understanding.

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