Stress deforms material. The stress placed on the system by a crisis deforms it, but the system is also constantly deformed by the stress between its isothymotic and megalothymotic forces[1]: between the drive to equality and that of making oneself exceptional. Human society itself is a contradiction of self-interests and a conflict of opposing interests. Perhaps, what is most amazing is that any large human group is able to hold itself together at all.

All is water, implied Thales. Perhaps we could conduct our examination as if the system were a fluid substance: a continuous, almost infinitely divisible thing. To describe its flow and try and make predictions for its future we would need to see it in terms of continuous variables depending on the actions and non-actions of its fluid particles: its individuals and their groupings, and massing, taking into account the speed, density and pressure of…

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