5.a.10 – How to exploit the group?

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June 21, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

How to exploit the group?

 Why small groups that we form do not ever extend to form the equivalent of an ancient village? Just as the group dissolves when stop the activity it plays, the same way it stops its growth when it reaches a sufficient size to carry it out at the best. Our groups carry out activities that allow a limited growth because the others are made by large private companies or institutions of the State; also the few associations that can become very large, such as trade unions, not having other reference models, are organized in parliamentary systems similar to that of the state, hence imitating the defects and interacting so well with it that they become similar to state institutions, losing all the positive characteristics of the small original group. It is indeed not by chance that trade unions, born from the workers base to protect the interests of the same, turn into large structures, non-democratic and very distant from the interests for which they were founded, as it is natural that the original workers feel that distance and try to reorganize into new unions. It also should be noted that the fact that workers are forced to establish new trade unions rather than to reform existing ones, is the clearest proof of the lack of democracy within the unions.
The problem of non-representation of workers is thus mitigated by the freedom to establish a new union, but history shows us that this tends to evolve negatively just like the previous one, in a cycle that does not ever solve the problem permanently. This example reiterates what previously stated, namely that it is not enough to have the freedom of choice of representative, but a system of effective representation is necessary.
For making a group of friends becoming the foundation for building a modern democratic village, it is necessary not just to carry out temporary activities or having too a little growth: let’s then look at what activities are best to meet our expectations.
We have already noted that issues such as social fragmentation, lack of democracy, social misinformation and ignorance are so closely linked that they cannot be solved separately: in fact they support each other, making each one regenerate the other. At the same time, one cannot hope to find a unique solution to problems so different between them and so we can only try to find a set of solutions that, like the problems, are linked and support each other. Among the activities that our groups should perform there should be democratic participation, management of information and management of culture. These are activities that, unconsciously, friends already tend to do naturally, but without the appropriate technique, i.e. without the right cultural adaptation. They are also undoubtedly of unlimited duration and which do not impose specific constraints on the growth of the group; anyway, this is also true for our football team, which, counting the reserves may exceed by far the five people, but coming to ten will form two teams and start the growth cycle again.
In order for the group to remain such, it should always carry out the activities of social cohesion that allows to express the friendship of the participants and helps them to maintain good relations: especially to take part to rich banquets on important occasions and providing some form of mutual assistance, based as in the past on the exchange of favours. No matter what kind of favours they are, their key feature is to encourage the gratitude of those receiving and satisfaction of being helpful in those who did the favour, thereby strengthening the emotional bond and providing the recipient to reciprocate, feeding a virtuous circle. In fact, even the professional services, when they are provided to friends are in general free, if not too expensive, or will be significantly discounted in other cases, just to confirm the friendly relationship; in fact this happens even if the friend-client is rich and does not needs discounts.
As evidence that altruism, and not only the selfishness, is part of human nature, many today try to make a positive contribution to society by providing voluntary work in their free time; this way, they compensate for some shortcomings of the state, but such services are often provided to unknown persons who remain such and therefore their gratitude, however, although gives as much satisfaction, cannot contribute to the strengthening of social ties.
We also know that there are still more numerous those who spontaneously provide support to their relatives and acquaintances, with a kind of individual volunteer service. In this case, in addition to the pleasure of helping a relative or friend, it also adds that of assuming a role and a reputation within the group (or a federation of groups), gaining prestige and importance to the people important for them. The group then has to be a place where it is possible to make available one’s qualities, obtaining in return a great psychological gratification and improvement of public relations. In this form of internal (or neighbourhood) voluntary services activities of any kind can be included.
In general we can summarize the characteristics of the group:
– there must be an original activity (to play football, open a website on the Ancient Egypt), which causes the formation of the group, which is permanent in nature and allowing a not too limited growth
– one or more recreational activities must be performed to strengthen the bonds of affection within the group
– the exchange of favours must not be limited to the individual initiative but the whole group must collaborate, everyone must know the available internal resources
– a management of culture and information of common interest must not be missing
– the collective decisions are reached through a real democratic participation.
In the group, as we can see, different activities overlap and the democratic participation is just one of them. Nothing compels that a group thus formed also specializes in a working activity but this will never be the only activity or oppose to the others, otherwise the function of social aggregation would be lost, becoming a simple private firm. When the group, by growing, becomes too numerous, the same shall be split into sub-groups that will have anyway to be tied to the common activity which allowed this growth. This way, a small modern village will spontaneously be formed, following the human nature and exploiting the resources that it made available.


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