by Ely Harman
Slaves -> Serfs -> Free Men -> Lords -> Kings -> Gods -> King of the Gods
(Also: Beast > Slave > Serf > Freeman > Citizen > Senator > Emperor. )
The hierarchy can of course be reorganized or individuals can rise or fall within it (to a limited extent) but the point of even having a hierarchy is to be united under one structure.
If you’re just doing your own thing, you don’t get that benefit, you don’t get the economies of scale or the network effects. People doing that might as well be atheists.
But if they’re doing stuff together, they are a true religious community, and their own, individual, influence on the norms, doctrines, beliefs, etc… Of the community are minimal. Rather, they adopt those of the community.