Though it cannot be shown yet that a society is a body of people in the same way that a man is a body of cells. It is clear that any social group is something nore then the sum of its memebers. A society is people living together in a certain pattern of behavior- a pattern which lays down “channles” determining the future behavior of the group. Society is not so much a thing as a process of actions which is really indistinguishable from human beings and animals and from life itself. No human organism exists without male or female parents is already a society. As a pattern of behavior society is above all a system of people in communication maintained by CONSISTENT action. To keep the system going what is done has to be consistent with what has been done. The pattern is recognizable as a pattern becuase it goes ahead with reference to its own past. This is what we call order and identity, a situation in which trees do not suddenly turn to rabbits and in which one man dose not suddenly behave like another so that we do not know who he is. “Who” is consistent behavior. But in a patten so mobil and volatile as human society maintaining consistency of action and communication is not easy. It requires the most elaborated agreement as to what the pattern is or in other words what the rules are: the consistencies of the system. Without agreement as to the rules of playing together there is no game. Without agreement as to the words, signs, and gesture there is no communication.
Lyrics from yungblud – the funeral