In Ant colonies the purpose of the male ants is to inseminate. Once they are incapable of that, the male ant is either expelled from the group or killed. There are 2 castes for ants, queens whose main function is to reproduce. And worker bees, sterile females whose function is to work endlessly.
For any task or work ants co-operate with help of pheromones, chemicals that hint what other ants should do. It is a completely hierarchical model. Every ant has some function that needs to be doing, otherwise be expelled. Ants have survived alongside us with their hierarchical model, whose function is greatly optimized by information sharing through pheromones.
Modern organizations mostly operate based on the hierarchical model. Tools like slack, emails enable information sharing, Recruitment enables finishing specific tasks through recruitment of right candidates. The people who doesn’t contribute are expelled from organisation. While this model is good for particular tasks, it doesn’t work in contexts where agile movements and actions are required because hierarchical model will choke the organisation with its processes and permissions needed to get a work done. Hierarchical model isn’t necessary when the team size is small. Hierarchical models will kill the creative potential of individuals, a being with an inkling toward freedom can’t survive in hierarchical based groups. Moreover you will encourage individuals to follow rather than create, while it might have worked for ants, it won’t work for humans. We survive because we can think of innovative and creative solutions for the problems we face. In hierarchical models for every problem we look up to managers like queens in ant colonies. It’s a terrible mistake to place absolute power in a single person. Sometimes I wonder Autocracy, Kleptocracy, Democracy, Authoritarianism and all kinds of government forms have its origin from Hierarchical Model. The model might have been adopted/changed slightly inorder to survive. Atleast I think hierarchical models are ancient just like our human ancestors Neanderthal. Ant colonies are living example of species surviving based on an Ancient model whose origin I don’t know.
While this system might work for some corporations, I am not sure whether it works in society. Human Civilizations work on different models, one model maybe suitable at a particular time, and the same model will be useless at other times. Mostly it depends on the context. If civilization models can’t adapt to the changing contexts they will die.
We are so much defined by our surroundings than we think. The question ” Who am I ?” assumes, you take into consideration the environment you grew up. I am not taking about the people and their behavior. Of course they are a part of that too. But I am more concerned about the actual surroundings like trees, places, houses and buildings the aesthetics part. So much of our memories are associated with them. Those memories, like the kind of feelings we get when we think of something is directly proportional to these surroundings.
Let me tell you a story
There were 2 big tamarind trees in the backyard of my friends home in his village. He used to play under the shadows of the trees and on the trees when he was a kid. Somehow his memories are associated with the green color of trees, the blue sky over it, animals near to the trees. All combined will produce some kind of aesthetic experience and added to the memories.
Unfortunately those trees were chopped down. Now that aesthetic experience will exist only in the memory of my friend. It is unique and no will experience the same surroundings the way he experienced it. The surroundings were as part of him as the people are. He cannot define who he is without them. With his death his aesthetic experience will be lost forever from history. The next generation will experience different aesthetic experiences with the same surroundings. The surroundings do change with time, so our memories associated with them.
Finally in defining Who I am, the surroundings are as inseparable as people and their behaviors. They play a role a shaping our emotions and feelings and in turn a memory of them.
Everyone is Alone
Everyone lives in their own world,
that crazy, comfort and cozy place.
Ever felt fear coming out of that cushion,
moving into that uncertain and ambiguous world.
and Oh! people would expect you to be something
little they know of the inner world of the person.
We so much expect and exert certainty on the world,
we forget that this world is based on Entropy.
Oh you, Universe, of all the principles why did you choose
Entropy. Why do you like chaos, destruction, disorder
Behold you humans!! said the Universe,
have Patience, one day you would realize that because
of Entropy you are what you are.. and behind us it
mocked Whether you would like it or not?
Once, there was this beautiful world,
and it started to crumble, piece by piece
it slowly vanished into the vastness of time.
No memory of it existed in the minds of people or lore, only in the
memory of time it existed. This place was dear to time, for
It’s like all the beauty & wonderful things of the universe existed
in that place at that time. Yet forgotten by the lore.
Such is the nature of time. It’s always watches over us, wondering
why are we working so hard at something only to be
destroyed by it. For time could never understand the inner
turmoil of men, he is only an active observer, Never an active
Everyone is alone,
Everyone is empty,
We don’t really need each other anymore,
With so much at our finger tips, we can find spare for any talent, any item, any piece of knowledge, any relationship can be replaced with a single search and a click,
I would become bored of the world like that.
Last Week, I was traveling from my sisters home to my home by Auto which is approx. 20 km. apart. So here is what happened.
The driver didn’t give a ride to a person who is suffering from a skin disease. If you see the person you will know. Here is the thing. Is it right, not to give a ride to the diseased person?
While the dilemma is an old one, I think the answer is bit complex. From goodness point of view, it is wrong. For how couldn’t you not give a ride to a person based on some skin disease. He is ready to pay the ride. In an ideal world, you are obligated to give him a ride out of duty and compassion.
But in the practical world, he can’t give the ride because it would affect his business for who wants to sit beside a person who has some skin disease, it may not be contagious. But still the site of the disease makes us feel uncomfortable, sometimes horrible. Might be because of evolution as man tried to deal with diseases by isolating the people with disease. For some socially conscious might say, it might not affect his business by just giving a single ride. But the thing is, he was already earning a small wage monthly. Losing even a single ride might affect him personally. So what would you do in this case?
Maybe some serious people might get down from the ride, because of personal moral values, causing uncomfortable in others, for these people now have to question their own moral values. But this is an ideal case, but I think such a person might not get very far in this financially motivated world. There are other people like me I guess who are observers, who think by doing small things, is not going to change the world. So let the world play out and watch from a distance until it affects our personal lives or we become victims. So whatever, the dilemma is this what would you do in this situation?