Since the dawn of life on our planet, animals have formed herds, prides, flocks, colonies, clutches, or gaggles. An animal, by instinct, seeks the protection and safety of the “group” for social interaction and to increase its chances to survive as an individual and to reproduce and propagate its species.
Human behavior follows that same pattern. Few of us can live completely alone, isolated from the companionship and counsel of our kind. For most of us, social interaction is an essential part of existence and a necessity for thriving and attaining success in life. Our intelligence and ability to communicate in a variety of ways, makes social interaction in human groups so much more complex and intricate.
Membership in a group, whether in nature or as human beings, often requires a new member meet certain criteria and follow specific rules. There is, however, a subset of behaviors and rules that leadership may assume a new member possesses without having to ask, namely, loyalty, respect, and a willingness to protect fellow members and the group as a whole from harm.
In the year 1624, John Donne wrote:
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