A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 143, Wednesday
May 23rd, 2018
Chapter Three: Village
Hierarchies emerge in village life, just as they do everywhere in the animal world.
Human beings are animals after all, and in their need to establish social structures they are no different from the wolf, or the lion, or the ram.
The competition for leadership was intense. In the animal world it could be dangerous, even deadly, it was largely physical, and the strongest usually won.
Among humans the intensity was no less, but it was often more deadly, and physical strength was not the most significant indicator of primacy.
Social hierarchies formed in villages; around the well, at the markets, in the places of worship and religious life, and most importantly, in the seat judgment.
The center is everything, with social rank flowing out from it in concentric rings.
A person was either in or out of the village, either in or out of the center, with movement and access regulated between the spheres.
The beginning of cohesion around village life was the beginning of the disintegration of families, clans, and tribes.
The social order was undergoing change, metamorphosis, redefining allegiances.
These developments were not uniform, it did not happen in all places at once. It happened in key places; at the confluence of rivers, along the shores of the great inland lakes, in the desert oasis, at any place where the movements of migratory tribes would bring them together.
The villages were rising.
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