Around 10 years ago I was finishing my college course and at that time mandatory community service was starting to be implemented to college students,
I was the third person to had to do it in my faculty
As you may imagine I hated to do it (I’m a selfish bastard what a shock) but in the infernal 120h that was helping people I had to take a course to
interact to groups, my mind was in cruise control during the whole process as I just wanted to get it done, but there was something explained to me
that sowed a seed that growth over the years and I want to know how said this.
My memory is not so good so it goes something like this, no matter what a society or group of people will tend to divide into 2 groups in the way my
poorly drawn triangle is shown below; there will be an idea, ideology, politic, color of a dress I don’t know, that will split the group by 2
between supporters of each side of the conflict.
Each group is divided itself by 3 types of individuals, some if I remember correctly, are called officials, natural leaders toward the bulk of the
population will seek to lead them, the bulk itself of the population that really don’t care too much about the issue itself and basically will
follow the lead of the officials, and the most radical supporters of each ideology at the extremes of the pyramid (triangle?).
As you may see by now the support towards the issue varies among the population, so people located towards the center of the triangle have a more
neutral view that those towards the extremes and they tend to be more like the ones in the middle of the other side; the officials represent a small
percentage of each group, about 3% and due to their location right next to the divisor line, they are basically interchangeable between group A and B,
the rhetoric and actions of officials of A is the same as B and a B could pretty much be exchanged for someone of A and no one would really notice.
The bulk of the population or cattle, if I remember correctly, just want to be lead, and they will follow the officials or anti officials depending on
their proximity to each of them; the anti-officials of each group follow the idea to the death (also like 3% of the total group), they like it so much
that they see the more neutral officials as traitors and in their support of their idea in a way they will actually start to behave more like a member
of the other group as they despite the officials of their own group.
So basically that was it, it more or less explains why a society without an external enemy will just split and find internal enemies until it no
longer function, I don’t really know how to search for this as this is not my field and when I remember this triangle thing I search of it the best
I can and after a few tries I drop my interest, so perhaps ATS can point me to the guy that came with this so I can put it to rest.
edit on 26-1-2016 by Indigent because: who not how in title