“Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.” Sun Tsu
Circles upon circles, this is how one should organize a life meant to thrive regardless situation. Circles within circles will always lead to disaster in the end. Concentric circles of people require an inner circle of leadership or can be better explained using a pyramid shape. Leaders on top, and so on down through the bottom, think of the inner circle as the top of the pyramid. Circles upon circles, much like bubbles being blown about allow for individuality and friendships to cross over without the need for dominance being put forward as a necessary element of social interaction.
There is no single governmental approach in the history of government that does not operate using the concentric circle/ pyramid approach. There are many that claim to operate using a variety of different approaches, however, the reality is always the same. There are those who are in charge, and those who support them and everyone else. This is the city-state approach to government. Tribalism, or the circle upon circle approach allows for variation, change and most importantly; voluntary acceptance of tribe rules or laws.
Living ones life in such a way that you are the meeting point between multiple circles much as a bubble bumping another bubble as it freely rotates through the air ensures mutual beneficial cooperation versus active coercive or forceful action. This was the original point of the open air market place, a meeting place for people trading their goods and services for the goods and services of others. It was only when people began to understand that power could be had by consolidating this power by promising their supporters (or enforcers) a better life as a result. The original approach was one of monarchical or deistic governance. If you take the time to really examine what exists today, you will find the only real difference is in the language used to describe the variations.
In my small world I have neighbors, people in whom I have built a small level of trust and mutual benefit. Friends, people with whom I have built a larger level of trust and mutually benefit. Family, (this is a level of trust that is attained through mutual growth and agreement and not through blood.) blood does not a family make. In fact most of my blood relatives wouldnt make the grade for neighbor as they have long since squandered their trust through backdoor dealings, lies and much more. While upon occasion some of these circles meet, most often they are not meant to do so. Rather, they exist as independent cells as it were. Free to act in the manner which best suits them, everyone I know has circles of which I am not apart, and this is a good thing. For it is this that allows us to operate freely with each other and with the ultimate understanding that mutually we can assist one another should the need arise.
Survival is reliant on understanding where these circles lie with regards to our lives and abilities. By concentrating on what we are good at we can have services or goods to offer when the need arises. They can as well, and if they do not, they can bargain for the knowledge of others who do. This is a truly free market. For it operates not within a definable power structure, but completely outside of any attempts to place a structure around it. This is voluntaryism in its purest sense. Just think, if you and those around you worked together instead of against those around us, would you be happier or still the same? Wandering around wondering why you do the things you do, be honest, right now you are living to pay your bills and in hopes of someday maybe doing what you want to do now.
Why not do those things now?
Free the mind and the body will follow