Differences and similarities between the individual and the group have long intrigued me. The individual—be it a single human being or an outer space molecule of gas—moves freely, more or less, but only when it moves alone.
Within a group—be it a many-humaned society or a fat galaxy comprising billions of stars, each consisting of trillions of molecules of gas—the individual’s motion is subject to the motion of the others.
When a group accelerates into movement, the freedom of each constituent human or each molecule is mostly lost, but the group now functions as an individual entity in its own right. As an individual, it can of course become part of a group of groups.
The First Law of Scale.
(From Dr. Rodger Swift’s Abandoned Lab Journal.)