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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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    Nov 11 2013: yes that's what i think, that's in our blood :(
    sad but true...
    • Nov 12 2013: Why is that sad? Is it sad that men are stronger than women or women more communicative than men? Why not work to capitalize on individual differences to produce a just and pleasant society, instead?
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        Nov 13 2013: well i am not sure, but what i thing u can't keep the balance if you think in that way...
        and the balance is important for the society !
        • Nov 13 2013: What is "the balance"? Sounds like mumbo-jumbo claptrap. Hierarchy is natural and innate. That doesn't mean it must be an unjust and unfair hierarchy. Are you saying that men are not naturally physically stronger than women? Or are you saying that if men are naturally physically stronger than women, then they must use that strength to dominate and abuse women? Which is it?
        • Nov 14 2013: I am with you Wap Trick ... balance is essential for a healthy social structure. There are many kinds of strengths ... two of the most important are intellectual strength and the ability to maintain compassion for other beings. (Brute strength ... this is more important for Gorillas).
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        Nov 13 2013: Bryan, what evidence in our history suggests that the human hierarchies want a just and pleasant society?

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