The importance of comradery has, as far as I know, never been acknowledged (or, at least, I’ve never seen it). Its importance is critical in history,human life, and society in my opinion. It is not something to look at lightly.
I use comradery in a certain way. It goes way beyond the military expression it’s generally associated with (that is, the bond between soldiers). That is only one manifestation of this phenemena. I see comradery as a general human phenemena that has manifestations in many aspects of life.
To me, comradery is an innate tendency of ‘working together’ which entails a great bond between people. As part of their ‘working together’ everyone ‘takes their place’ in the group and, in so doing, creates what can be described as a ‘greater organism’. The ‘working together’, that makes up comradery, has a goal or purpose and this seems to hold it together and give its relevance and importance.
Comradery has great power and influence. It has effects on a person individually and socially.
Comradery can do many things for an individual person such as:
- It can make a person do things that they otherwise would not do.
- It can transform a person.
- It teaches oneself how to be a member of a group.
- It teaches participation.
- It can lead to accomplishments.
- It can grow a person up.
- It teaches one responsibility.
- It requires a person make sacrifices.
- It requires a person to see a ‘greater vision’ in life.
- It teaches one to be helpful.
In effect, comradery is very influential in a persons growth. In fact, Much of growth and personal development, particularly for males, is based in comradery-like associations. Even as I was brought up I found one of the greatest joys I had was when a group of us guys got together and did something together. This could even be something as little as playing kick soccer. The joy in ‘taking my position’ in the group, and doing my part, still ranks as a great joys in my life. This basic sense has carried on down the years and into my association with society.
Comradery has, in a way, made human society. Without it, society could never of survived. It has kept it strong, united, and with purpose. Comradery requires each person to ‘take their place’ and assume a role and position. As a result, comradery is influential in the development of social structure and hierarchy. Oftentimes, it places people where their strengths are so that all of society can benefit.
But comradery is not something that just appears automatically. Though it is innate it often requires certain conditions to be there in order to fully manifest itself. Some of the things that are required include things such as:
- A purpose or goal.
- A leadership to give direction.
- The people taking their positions.
A flaw in any one of these traits could cause comradery to fail. As a result, their maintenance is critical. One of the ways all are maintained, and kept going, is when they all reflect a ‘vision’. In fact, a ‘vision’ is often required for comradery to exist at all. That is to say, comradery requires each person to be united in a ‘vision’. It is the ‘vision’ that as if harnesses and unites everyone. In many ways, the ‘vision’ is the unifying element. If that ‘vision’ is not there, the comradery is weak or does not appear.
THE FORMS OF APPEARANCE OF COMRADERY
Comradery appears in many different ways:
- Naturally appearing. Comradery often appears naturally, to varying degrees, depending on the purpose.
- Casually. It appears from time to time in people. A person may even go through ‘phases’ of comradery that comes and goes.
- As a need. When there is a need for comradery (such as in a crisis, such as war) it often makes an appearance, even in people you may not expect it from.
- With a definite purpose. When people have a definite purpose (such as in a catastrophe) comradery will often appear ‘out of nowhere’.
ITS CONDITIONS OF POWER
Comradery tends to have specific war as a result of these conditions:
- Time. Generally, the longer the time for the comradery to exist the more likely it is to fade, unless some purpose maintains it. The shorter the time, the more powerful typically.
- Purpose. The more defined the purpose the more powerful the comradery. A fading of purpose can devastate comradery and utterly destroy it.
COMRADERY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE
It seems to me that social structure seems to be one of the ways at keeping the ‘vision’ of comradery alive and, in so doing, keeping comradery alive. Because of this, social structure often continues a ‘spirit of comradery’ within the people, even when it has faded. This is one of the great powers and purpose of social structure. It also creates an existing structure in society that comradery builds upon when needed.
But, once the ‘vision’ of comradery fades or disappears all that is left is often the social structure. In this way, social structure is often a ‘remnant’ of a comradery, its ‘skeleton’, so to speak. Because social structure is often only a remnant of comradery, it lacks the ‘vision’ . . . it can be used for anything. As a result, it’s not uncommon that social structure becomes an avenue for various forms of abuse. In other words, once the ‘vision’ is gone the remaining social structure is left bare and naked, easily misused. This often happens in society.
COMRADERY AND THE MALE CHARACTER
Comradery is primarily a male trait. I’ve seen very little evidence of it in the female character. When a group of males develop comradery the effects of it can be powerful and have lasting effects, as history shows. In addition, the effects of comradery can have great effects on the male and change him as well as make him grow and mature. Females tend to develop what I’d be more inclined to call an ‘association’. In other words, they mainly ‘associate’ with people. They don’t feel the comradery bond as strongly as males and don’t ‘take their position’ as strongly in the group. In fact, worldwide history shows that females are generally put in an ‘overall group’ with typically no specialized function, generally only to do general ‘female work’, because of their lack of comradery.