note both true- humans flourish in society not alone
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and flourishing humans produce surpluses.

from Ron Fox's musings: "Biological Imperitives for humanity"

"Cooperation and competition
The social nature of hominids engenders cooperation. Groups of hunters
working together
are able to bring down large dangerous prey animals and are able to defend them from
other powerful predators and scavengers. Communication, the transfer of information, is a key
capability that strengthens cooperation. It is not a uniquely human trait.
For example, elephants
communicate and even exhibit cultural memory, as do Japanese macaques.
Humans have taken
this trait to extraordinary levels.
Nevertheless, cooperation is only half of the story. The other
is competition. As cooperation advanced
into larger and larger groups, from families to
clans and then tribes, competition developed between these groupings. Competition for prey
, for territory and for status
creates an outlet for that innate ferocity and leads to strife, even
armed combat. The
history of modern humans is so rife with strife that if it weren’t for a very strong
desire for cooperativity the record would be one of endless war. Humans go to battle over race, religion, kinship, political affiliation , nationality and gender. .......
Cooperation has led to agriculture, both with plant crops and with animal herds.
enables exchange of goods and services. In the last
hundred years it has made possible
automobile travel over roadways, a most remarkable result, hardly predictable a hundred years
ago. That we can travel 70 mile per hour a few feet apart in adjacent lanes going the same way,
and in oppositely directed adjacent lanes with a relative speed of 140 miles per hour, is an
outstanding example of cooperativity. Modern distribution of fresh food, of manufactured
products and of fuel are others.
These feats requirement sophisticated communication. ...."
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