I recently came across a book called the 150-Strong: A Pathway To A Different Future written by a “Subsistence Engineer”– Rob O’Grady. The book author’s thesis is that there is a threshold in which human beings can maintain good relationships.
I believe that this holds some importance in a post-collapse civilization. For example, in my military unit of less than 150 members, I am able to personally connect with every member. Rank becomes somewhat irrelevant. At times we are friends unified towards a common cause. Most of the times we speak to each other on a first name basis. Things get done in a military manner. We talk of our families and our lives. There is something deeper to our bonds, regardless of rank.
In larger units, I have to rely on rank in entirety on building relationships for the majority. In past times I have become so out of touch with some of the officers that sometimes I only see them at special events. Despite the fact that many of these officers share much commonality with myself, in these units I feel you sometimes seem to need to pick and choose your friends, because of the sheer number of people. The situation becomes predatory for some, all about increasing your rank to get your voice heard.
I have no problem with a rank structure, especially when it corresponds with my value system. However, ultimately, I share the closest bonds to those who believe what I believe in. When I am in larger groups, I feel I need to trigger what the common bonds of the group is. However, in this situation it becomes difficult to address every individual. The problem arises that by seeking to placate the masses, I may become out of touch with those individuals whom I share the most in common.
Again, I wonder how this post-Shumer Hits The Fan (SHTF) scenario plays out. I personally believe that smaller farming-based communities are the way of the future. I also like to add that I believe every member of a smaller society should possess at least the very basics of every essential skill set. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) should impart their knowledge to allow members to survive on their own in any eventuality.
I look forward to the responses, Sheepdog and Son