This is the third of four essays summarizng my work on DOTE. Comments are open but moderated.
This third chapter of Adventures In Flatland deals with human sociality.
The most striking characteristic of Homo sapiens is our sociality. Social relationships pervade every aspect of human life and these relationships are far more extensive, complex, and diverse (within and across societies) than those of any other species. And for survival and reproduction we are far more dependent on our social relationships and our cultures than any other animal.
But what does it mean to say that we are social animals—and what is a social relationship?
Rather than examine this or that type of human group and social relationship, I am going focus on human sociality as it is expressed in sociopolitical groups (i.e., special interest, advocacy, political groups, etc.) Interactions within and among these kinds of groups will determine the human future in the 21st century. I will discuss socioeconomic groups (i.e., various elites, beneficiaries of the status quo, the hoi polloi) in Part IV (forthcoming).
But even as we skip over sociological details, we will soon discover that the scope and depth of human "groupiness" is far more encompassing than our intuition tells us. Thus what goes on in the social unconscious, an important aspect of what I call Flatland, will be seen to overwhelm and undermine stated purposes again and again.
This is best illustrated by a recent case in point, an example which could be repeated endlessly .