herds and the individual
Humans act as
These behaviours are not mutually exclusive.
Counting is entirely a matter of choices.You can count herds or flocks, or you can that the herd or flock appear and concentrate on individuals. Of course, you could also take the individual apart and concentrate on molecules or amino acids.
The herd can be treated as an individual, which is what is done with codeitures ? or universals, as in socialism or the family, the beehive or the corporation, with the dictator or the queen bee as the hive mind.
The Catholic Church doesn't care whether a state is a democracy or a dictatorship, it cares whether the state respects natural human rights. Rerum novarum.
A good example of how swarms behave can be seen in the programme boids.
If you frame the judiciary or parliamentary system as adversarial, for good or for evil, you will not arrive at the same outcomes.
This is no idle question. It has been at the heart of the disputes about methods of governance, and it figures strongly in modern psychobabble.
I posed the question because I can see little difference beside semantics and political attempts at framing. I wanted to see how others responded to the semantics.
The psychological state of persons appears to me to change according the semantics used. For instance, introducing the word 'conflict' tends to encourage a person to assume the must be a 'conflict', whereas maybe there are easily available 'solutions'.
But even the term 'solutions' suggests puzzles. If all in a group love ice-cream, there is no real problem. If both want to play with a toy (or a gun) at the same time, there may be a 'conflict' or 'a puzzle' .
Leftist dictatorships try to impose a frame such that everyone really agrees with the Fuhrer's 'vision'.
'Dictatorship' tries to sweep difficulties under the carpet, and dissent is regarded as 'false consciousness' or 'treason'. Distraction and fear serves the purposes of dictators and despots.
Dictators act as if there is no problem, that everyone acts and feels the same, as the dictatorship dictates. A dictator expects the people concerned to act as a herd, following his/her orders.
The nation (the herd) has only one interest or purpose, and the dictator is the perfect expression of that will. (Similar processes can be seen in corporations and families.)
Much of UK democracy is built on conflict resolution, that is pragmatism and 'adversarial' legal and parliamentary processes, whereas the French legal system tends to be 'investigatory' (to find a resolution of a 'problem').
Thus the framing tends to predispose the political approaches, whereas there may well be no, or very little, reality difference between the events being discussed or resolved.
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