Friday, October 21, 2016


By his very nature and inclination, consonant disposition and pursuant behaviour, man is a social being.  And this is a loaded truth, a profound yet assumed reality.  To start with, he becomes someone definitely not by himself but through the union of two individuals, a man and a woman – considering that no one comes into being by himself/herself alone.  He needs and wherefore seeks others to be with – to eat and to grow, to play and to study, to live and to mature.  In fact, he needs and thus stays with his family for a start, then joins his friends and neighbours until he becomes a part of human society from the local up to the national – and at times, even to the international – level.  And though somehow blunt, it is also true that as he needs others to be born alive, so too he needs others to be buried when dead.

Such is the meaning and import of the inescapable fact and undeniable phenomenon that man is a social being by nature.  Let it be noted though that as man needs society, society likewise needs man whereas there would be no society without humanity.  But just the same, the social nature of man is innate to his being.  It is a rather elementary reality that man can talk, wants  to talk and enjoys talking.  This fact alone says that he needs others to talk with – considering that talking but to himself neither affirms normalcy nor confirms sanity.  This is why the need, the inclination, and the satisfaction of someone to relate with others is considered a basic, standard and normal human feature.

In order to more easily demonstrate that man is basically a social being, i.e., that he needs and relates with others just as others also need and relate with him – it is enough to think about but a little and plain piece of bread he buys and eats.  There is the worker who separates the husk from the grains, grinds and puts these into sacks.  There is the trucker who brings the flour to the market.  There is the baker who buys the flour, prepares and cooks the bread.  There is the store-keeper who sells the bread for people to buy, eat and enjoy.  So it is that a mere piece of bread amply demonstrates that man needs others – a plain and practical proof of his innate social nature.

The other term or phrase for “Dissocial Personal Constitution” is Antisocial Personality Disorder.  Translation: Pronounced disdain if not downright disgust with others, with society, with people in general.  In the practical world, this is some kind of a basic attitudinal and consequent behavioural feature of someone burdened by “Ego-centricity”.  And needless to say, the former is but an effect of the latter.  In other words, someone who is really Ego-centric is necessarily likewise Dissocial.

If every man would only accept, respect and care about his social dimension – doing to others what he wants and expects others to do for him, relating with others as he likes others to relate with him – the ultimate result of this is progressively family harmony, community unity, social equity, and universal peace even.  Otherwise, such an irregular personality constitution infallibly causes people’s dissension and division eventually.