You can’t think of the levels of govt as a cohesive unit. It’s designed to NOT be that way for a lot of very good 1776 and 2018 reasons. You could go with Russian nesting dolls with a caveat: Home < street < neighborhood < borough < city < county < state < region < federal < international community IF and only if: Each wooden doll container retains independent structure and governing., constrained by the greater and responsible for the lower but not shackled by either.

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has what I was looking for. It’s less Dawkins’ meme and more gestalt. In a sense, they can be seen as equivalent of course. I’d say my way of thinking is a little more Transactional Analysis, although not strictly so. You’ve got the stereotypical behavior patterns, which would be TA and maybe Dawkins yet gestalt has more of an ethos – the “inbetween bits”, which can also be transferred.

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I’m not Roman Catholic so I wasn’t able to see the connection. But the other week, I was finally looking at TOS episodes that I never saw before. That episode basically ended with a “space Jesus” twist, that any sufficiently advanced, mirror Earth civilization would eventually reach a point of Jesus visiting leading to the end of the Roman Empire. and I was like. wait-what? So I looked up a few things and I saw article after article about Star Trek and how it’s Roman Catholic in its ethics and morals and that the Federation is a Roman Catholic inspired institution. I kind of rolled my eyes at the notion, but thinking back through it, it makes a lot of sense. Star Trek is very pro-life, medicine is important (think Catholic hospitals and missions to places with leprosy), the man and woman is pretty strictly adhered to in most human and alien civilizations, “where are the gay humans?” … etc.

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