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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 31 2013: This is a great topic. I think in some ways we are all meant to be leaders. We are meant to lead ourselves. In the absence of this self leadership a hierarchy does form. I think that the best thing we can do four our world and our fellow man is foster this self leadership and break down the old bureaucratic hierarchies.

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