The intelligence of the universe is social. Accordingly it has made the inferior things for the sake of the superior, and it has fitted the superior to one another. Thou seest how it has subordinated, co-ordinated and assigned to everything its proper portion, and has brought together into concord with one another the things which are the best.
–Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Book V
One thought on “A Social Universe”
It is true of all matter as it is of people, the relationship between the parts is what gives the whole identity. You cannot point to any indivisible part of yourself and say that is you. You could remove any atom from your body and not suffer any loss to your identity, but if the relationship between them was destroyed, if they were scattered to the wind, you would not be among them.