Banding Together for the Common Good

In the beginning, there were people.

For thousands of years, it was popular among philosophers, theologians, and social commentators to suggest that the first humans lived as disorganized, disheveled, terrified, cold, hungry, and brutal lone-wolf beasts. But both the anthropological and archeological records prove it a lie.

Even our cousins the apes live in organized societies, and evidence of cooperative and social living is as ancient as the oldest hominid remains. For four hundred thousand years or more, even before the origin of Homo sapiens, around the world we primates have made tools, art, and jewelry and organized ourselves into various social forms, ranging from families to clans to tribes. More recently, we've also organized ourselves as nations and empires.

As psychologist Abraham Maslow and others have pointed out, the value system of humans is first based on survival. Humans must breathe air, eat food, drink water, keep warm, and sleep safely. Once the basic survival and safety needs are accounted for, we turn to our social needs - family, companionship, love, and intellectual stimulation. And when those are covered, we work to fulfill our spiritual or personal needs for growth.

Our institutions reflect this hierarchy of needs. Families, whether tribal nomads or suburban yuppies, first attend to food, water, clothing, and shelter. Then they consider transportation, social interaction, and livelihood. And when those basics are covered, our families turn to our intellectual and spiritual needs.

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Randall Paul 18 weeks 2 days ago

Thom, today's blog is viberant with world history and psychological needs for a healthy society. I took a screenshot of it to share and save. You are exactly right about quoting our Maslows needs. When I went to a trade school for a few classes in auto repair; at one time I had the equivalent of two and a half fulltime jobs for about six months. Then I went onto get a bachelor's degree and onto a M.Ed. I was 99% completed and a Nation Honor Student. I relocated to Troy, Ohio and the school board told me they don't accept resumes off the street, and if I wanted a job in their schools, I would need to have an administrator recommend me. I told them I just moved here and don't know a soul. The lady said: "Try volunteering, maybe they will like you." and I walked away thinking, I need a paying job. Anything, a teachers assistant! So higher education does not mean greater employment. $180, 000 in student loans and FAFSA Grants...for what?

I could have stayed a mechanic and been a millionaire!

Lol, Randall

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2950-10K 18 weeks 2 days ago

Jefferson was keen enough to recognize the risk to democracy of "moneyed corporations" as early as 1816, the year winter never ended, but I doubt he could foresee how a monopolized 21st century media could indirectly place a demagogue in the White House.

This is especially alarming to anti fascists like myself because it proves that even here in the United States we are at risk for a Putinesque figure to rise to power. Felonious Donny is harmless compared to who the Kochs and Putin could prop up in the near future.....via the citizens united money pipeline to the corpse media and high tech social media.

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago

Anyone on the left want to speak to this?

snip from:

And if it weren’t for The Daily Caller and CNN’s Jake Tapper, we wouldn’t have known about a particularly ugly Farrakhan eruption the other day at his Saviours’ Day 2018 address.

We also wouldn’t have known about the tortured logic that some, like U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, the Chicago Democrat, use to explain their relationship with Farrakhan.

“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through," Farrakhan said in his speech.

He said other things too, but I’m not going to spread his hate here. What interests me is the silence of the left.

My barber Raffaele Raia understands this kind of silence.

Chi tace acconsente," says Mr. Raia. “He who is silent says yes. The silence is the consent."

Of course it is.

And when it comes to Farrakhan, the left is silent. They’d rather be silent than risk being denounced by him.

The other day, The Daily Caller — a conservative news and opinion site — capitalized on the silence, and on the acquiescence of Davis, who was quoted as saying Farrakhan’s views aren’t a big deal.

The Daily Caller has called out others on their relationship with Farrakhan, from U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California to Democratic Party Vice Chairman Keith Ellison. And so far, from them and others on the left, you hear crickets.

praising how is this ok with the left, how do you allow this and call the right racisist and Hitlers ????

Legend 18 weeks 2 days ago

Certainly did not catch my liberal left wing attention. There are plenty of extremist right wingers that you could pay attention to.

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BoxCar 18 weeks 2 days ago

Thrust of Primitive Society is to adapt oneself to the environment

Thrust of Western Culture (since Greeks) is to gain control of environment

Thrust of Socialism is to gain control of humankind

(Taken from a textbook on stucture of human societies)

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago


Exactly my point, seems the left is so busy looking for nazis on the right, they can't see the ones in plain sight on the left.

Ellison is the DNC party vice chair! And the left doesn't know that?

Or about mad Maxine? Plus several others.

Or about hiding the pic's of Obama with Farrakhan until after the election? Are you starting to see a trend here...Rev. Write?? (sp)

Farrakhan...the racisist..misognyist..white hating, Jew hating... baffoon?

The only reason CNN Jake Trapper told the truth is because Farrakhan is also against gays.

Or maybe the left just doesn't want to know...seems like the pot s been calling the kettle to me....

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago

Banding Together for the Common Good

is Thom's title.

I suggest we band together by first being honest about where we are...on all sides.

Thom seems to be stuck somewhere down history lane, while there is much to deal with in the here and now, together for the common good.

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago

Well since there's no body home I'll continue....

Have Progressives lost their minds? We protested in Seattle against a tariff-free world in which workers in every nation are pitted in a contest to see who will work for lowest wages. The majority of Democratic senators voted against NAFTA.

In 2016, the Democrats lost Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin by theft for sure, but it would not have been close enough to steal except that Obama was pushing the TPP and Hillary free trade.

The idea of free trade with a slave state like China is a terrible joke played on America’s working class.

Do we hate Trump so much that we are obliged to attack when he does the right thing for the American worker?

Obama slapped heavy tariffs on Chinese auto parts before the 2012 election, and didn’t start a trade war. But he did win Ohio.

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jefflisse 18 weeks 2 days ago

Sorry HC

This Jew... who actually got in an altercation with a "Farrakhan follower" several years ago, will talk to you. ;-)

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jefflisse 18 weeks 2 days ago

Yes... Bigotry, hate, anti-Semitisim, etc. isn't reserved for any one race, religion, ethnic group etc..

Legend 18 weeks 2 days ago

Are Republicans the supreme race?

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PapiMiguel 18 weeks 2 days ago

Nice article. I am no antropologist, historian, or expert in the matter. yet, I can make a few comments. I believe you present the evolution of social organizational with a naive perpective that after basic needs are satisfied "we" turn to our sosial needs. Nothing can be farther from reality. Both things happen and ARE happening SIMULTANEOUSLY, even today. Your view of the evolution of familiy is also flawed. I suggest you read "The origin of the familiy, private property and the stae" by Engels (That if you are not allergic to marx and engels). He actually follows and discusses closely the writings of L.H. Morgan, an american. As it turns out, ALL THREE elements, basic needs, social organization, and spiritual development evolved TOGETHER and not sequentially as your naive perspective proposes...

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago

Hi Jeffl,

Thanks for you response.

Dems, Repubs, Socialists...from my perspective most systems can work, but they will only be as good as the people running them. As long as evil, hatred,power,and greed are involved none will work.

Most people crave Love, respect, honor, and justice, too bad we fall so short.

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HotCoffee 18 weeks 2 days ago


There is no supreme race, we are all on this planet together.

The divisions are created to keep us divided.

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Hephaestus 18 weeks 1 day ago

#14 - Dead right!

And, the creation of some belief systems along with identity dogma that includes the race card... and on... and on

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Gsaw 18 weeks 13 hours ago

I became an American citizen in 1999, mom being a TRU AMERICAN. A believer if peace justice and the American way.

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stopgap 18 weeks 3 hours ago

Yes, Hot Coffee! By all means liberals! Lets divert our focus from holding Trump accountable, to chasing down HCs rabbit holes.

Louis Farrakahan is not the fucking president! He is not he leader of the free world! But HC would have us divert our attention and energies from Trump, to chase down the rabbit hole of someone that is of little importance to the the current problems of the world and even the US.

Considering the clear and present danger of having a President Trump. HC would have us divert out attention of putting out our burning house to go and save the outhouse first.

And I really had to laugh about her statement: "Farrakhan… the racist..misongnysit (sic)…white hating, jew hating… baffoon?" Change the phrase "white hating" to minority hating, and you describe Trump and 90 percent of his supporters.

Then in her next post she decides to address Thom's topic of the "Common Good" after deliberately changing the subject for the purpose of stirring up shit. But that's what Trolls do!

The links below may not prove anything or make a point, but two can play at the posting links game!

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Hephaestus 17 weeks 5 days ago

What's this rabbit hole thingy?

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DulanMarlon 11 weeks 6 days ago

When the community come together for a common good, It is for the whole society to benefit. epoxy flooring

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darkhorse99 10 weeks 2 days ago

Completely agree with this perspective, so true and can be very effective when executed appropriately and everyones on the same page. Courtney

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knerd 8 weeks 17 hours ago

If it weren't for cooperation and collaborative problem-solving, we wouldn't be here today. Now we are at a profound impass. It is just as important as when we climbed down out of the tree limbs and began to walk upright on the African Savannah. We have everything we need to move on. The question is, will we and can we?

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Riverplunge 7 weeks 1 day ago

It was brought up in a conversation when I was a teenager, that no one person can do everything. (Where the heck are you going to put all the tools needed if you could??) This is why we cooperate with each other's strengths. Time never changed that bit of human nature. Maybe robotics will make us dumb and forget our roots. Until, then..

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tomaswilson 5 weeks 6 days ago

Every effort is meant to allow for growth and prosperity of everyone in the society. Companies should be on the fore front in ensuring this is achieved. Notably, garage epoxy austin is a good example of this corporate social responsibility in this regard.

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Vitalis 3 weeks 3 days ago

I think there is no supreme race, we are all on this planet together.
- impossible game -

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tomaswilson 6 days 6 hours ago

Banding together allows for creation of a uniformed front to be formed. Many organizations like Avvo website have been on the fore front in this regard.

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