Man and Society

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In this paper I will try to explain the puzzle of whether individuals are products of society or society is a product of individuals. I believe that in general, and in the beginning, the answer to this question, is that society is a human product. I will start by presenting early man, the hunter and gatherer as an early form of society, but lacking critical qualities of a society. Then I will continue to support my theory by analyzing the beginning of known society some three and one half thousands years ago. I will present the individual as creation of society, or more precisely, an ongoing social recursive conditioning. I will also present society as creation of individuals. Finally, I will conclude my paper with some thoughts on the paradox of who is the product and who is the producer of the individual and society. EARLY MAN According to Charles Darwin, man developed from the ape. Darwin’s theory of evolution appears to be unsupported though, because for thousands of years these apes have been there, but none of them have developed into human beings nor did Darwin ever find the missing link. Although unproved, there must be a process of evolution. And if there was evolutionary process, a few of the steps in-between sti Continue...

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Early man grouped together with other hunters and gathers to form a family which brought order, direction, and stability to his life. The recording of literature, science, society and history is a lasting legacy of the Sumerians and our society. Understanding the historical process that produced a social institution is needed before it is possible to understand the institution. Although this is external to the individual, institutions are there, whether the individual likes it or not and inescapable persistent reality. There is no magic that will create the perfect individual based on the norm, nor is there any institution that is capable of doing this. The Sumerian's gift of writing made possible for the recording of history for the first time. For society to persevere, society must perpetuate its values to further too present and future generation. The individuals in the Sumer originated the development of society through the codes of law that was written as, and to be, social policy. The Sumerians began as a primitive race stemming from the hunters and gatherers who came to the area known as southern Mesopotamia to form the first permanent human settlement. I have tried to explain the puzzle of whether individuals are products of society or society is a product of individuals. That is, man and his social world interact with each other by which the product acts back upon the producer and the producer act upon the product. Individuals that adhere to the morals and values cannot be created instantaneously or by using the same edification principals for great lengths of time. I have shown that Sumer was the beginning of society and that society was a human product. It is argumentative the individual is the producer of society or that society is the producer of the individual, but maybe they are so inter-linked that they are indistinguishable.


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