PACK VS HERD
by Bill Joslin
INWARD: Life in a herd – “You’re a member to become a target to reduce the relative risk of all members – your survival depends upon your ability to compete for resources with ingroup members without generating retaliation. The herd is gregarious but if you deviate, or if you require defense, you(and your offspring) will be abandoned.” – the mob – conform.
OUTWARD: Life in a Pack – “You’re a member because you fulfill a role within a division of labor. Your survival depends upon your success at this role and how it contributes to the group’s ability to compete with outgroups and external pressures (benefit scales with success). If you deviate, we’ll not abandon you, but suppress your potential for causing damage by reassigning your role (even if as nothing more than an outlet for our tensions)” – the family – be good for something, even if it’s just to be laughed at.