Friday, May 22, 2009

Tens and Hundreds (2) - Tens

Society is made up of individuals. Most individuals are part of a family. They are the building blocks of society, but the relationships between them determine the shape and strength of society.

The Ten refers to a group of families living in close proximity to each other. The number is not the number of people in the family, but the number of men in the group of families who are capable of contributing to their protection. Most families will have just one adult male, but some with grown up children may have several adult males who can share in the defence of their community. A Ten would be a group of five or six families that could produce ten adult men to serve their community. The numbers do not need to be precise.

In a rural situation, the families making up a Ten would all live side by side in the same village. Some would be related to each other as brothers or cousins.

In the city, the families would live in close proximity to each other with one on each side, and one on the north and one to the south. Some of the families making up the Ten might be linked by family ties, but often they would be bound together by a commitment to support and protect each other.

Membership of a Ten is voluntary, except for children who are stuck with their parents. If a person does not like what the Ten is doing, they can leave an join another group of people, or remain in isolation.

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