5.b.9 – Can we participate in different groups or villages?

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July 9, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

Can we participate in different groups or villages?

So far we have seen groups of working adults, all committed in the same cultural sphere, we have then described a village culturally specialized. Now consider a great sport rowing association organized as a group of villages; among its many members we will find all kinds of professionals, from doctors to lawyers, people with a very different cultural background. The members of these villages have in common the passion for sport and as a result they will meet to collectively manage the activities of the association; however, when needing to have legal advice, everyone will first seek a lawyer within his group of friends and then even within the rowing circle and the same would happen for medical advice or other assistance. Similarly, if someone was to learn a second language for professional reasons, such as English or French, he might find a teacher in his village.
Here a group of villages built for any activity which can become the basis for cultural exchanges of all types, from professional advice to teaching. In each village one will find one or more experts in a particular discipline, which could possibly form a culturally specialized group to better cultivate their discipline and provide services to other members. An example can be a group formed by a lawyer, a notary, an accountant and a work consultant, another may be given by an electrician, a plumber, a painter and a bricklayer. It is clear that they are professionally engaged in these activities and then in exchange for a fee, but within the village, people who need to renovate the apartment will entrust the job to people they trust and those who have a profession will have a stable base of customers and equally reliable payments.
Another example is given by three doctors who, belonging to the same village, are linked by bonds of friendship and then advise and help on common professional issues including professional updating. It is then formed s a culturally specialized group, such as the Egyptologists already taken as an example, who joining with other similar groups from other villages will form its own structure inserted into the original group of villages.
We know that in a tribal village is normal to recurrently form working groups as needed (to hunt, to build huts, to prepare a feast); these groups are often composed by the same persons, even if combined in a different way. It is then perfectly normal that a person belongs to different groups of workers, and among them it would be good that there was at least one dealing with the management of culture, since culture is one of the major resources of man, both as individuals and as community.
Therefore, if a small group is by its nature linked to a particular activity, the village or a group of villages tends to miss this feature in order to satisfy the basic needs of their members: activities, socialization, culture, information, this way, it will be formed a community for them. This issue is no longer valid for specialized villages or groups of villages that are born within even larger communities, because social animals like us live permanently in a single pack, so these villages are not new communities, but specialized shares of the original one, as the working groups from which they originate.
In very numerous human communities, with many thousands of individuals, comparable to the farming villages of antiquity, some villages should then form to manage the community and many others intersect with the first to perform the activities of cultural management, or even management of work as agricultural cooperatives and commercial companies. This overlap of villages may seem complicated at first sight, but in reality is only a repetition of the same pattern of rather simple organization. The repetition of a successful strategy is rather common in nature, we recall that the cells of our body are in harmony with the colonies of simpler beings and have inside of them organs specialized for certain tasks; in turn, the specialized cells form colonies in different tissues that form even more specialized organs; the various organs from our bodies and we form new colonies called communities and so on … if a system works well is convenient to re-use it as much as possible.

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