A pride of lions…

is a good case study in society vs. the individual.

Generally, a pride is made up of 2-3 males and 5-10 females. To keep that ratio, young lions are often run off by the older males that make up the pride. This is a study in status. The males of the pride are in charge of protection. That means if the goal is to keep the pride safe, they should want more males, but yet they run them off before they grow strong enough to challenge them.

This is seen in human society too.

For some, status is important. It’s the first thing they think about, and after it’s secure, those individuals can be gracious and protect the rest of society in the way they see it.

We also have others who don’t care about status. That care about society first then their status second.

It’s easy to fall in to the trap of believing that either is correct, instead of seeing the incredibly complex set of needs that each individual has. When you can see those needs, you stand a better chance at making the change in the world you are seeking.