C-89.Fish, ants, bees, birds … humans

If we consider varieties of found communities among species in conceptual terms (i.e., as if they were entities in possession of some shared quality – that aspect of interdependence commonly asserted for them), then some species, on the basis of their particular Stage 4 behaviors (App. XIX), would vary along a continuum from less to more interdependent on the basis of how these entities are observed in particular relationships with/to each other.

Fish, ants, bees, birds … these all exhibit interdependence in their behaviors, but not so much as the interdependencies evident in mammalian, especially human, behaviors. It appears also that interdependence toward one end of the continuum is due to avoiding collisions (e.g., schools of fish) while on the other end of the continuum, is due to arranging collisions (e.g., a meeting of minds). A correlation with communication practices also parallels the continuum, ranging, for example, from signaling danger to composing a love sonnet.

But this conceptual view hardly does justice to the dynamic condition of interdependence, which can play a much more productive role as a principled theoretical construct (XI), where we see it in developmental terms rather than in passive evolutionary terms, where we see it as a needed but underdeveloped capability … and where we also see community as a needed but underdeveloped capability (C-10) — far from fully realized in being and becoming (C-87). And community, we have seen (App. XVI), stands at the frontier of contingent emergent materiality: humanity’s way forward.

Fascinating though found communities are to study, we cannot afford too much of such minding backwards when there is minding forward to be done, to develop the capabilities, including many interdependencies, with which to construct a Presence and a Present (App. XIX).

Effective communities, able to solve shared situational problems – once they have solved their own behavioral problem (I Psit, Pbeh; C-41) and constituted themselves as a community, have a special interdependency to develop, that of Individual <=> Community. Those who give too much emphasis to the individual or to a community go beyond risk to severely, perhaps fatally (C-51), damaging the prospects of community effectiveness (C-71, C-80, C-84).

(c) 2013 R.F. Carter