The Social Contract

November 20, 2013 1:11 PM ~  
"The social contract is present in our everyday lives. It's the reason I hold the door for strangers upon entering or exiting a store. It's why I tip the waiter or waitress when I dine-out. Its why I don't needlessly curse at strangers or intentionally block people's paths. The more I abide by the social contract of my respective society, the more society includes me. The more I disregard the social contract, the more society recants its openness towards me. We all unconsciously acknowledge the social contract day-by-day and hour-by-hour when we thank friends, family, and strangers for everyday actions. 'Thank you' was originally a verbal acknowledgment of being socially indebted to someone. The constant exchange of verbal acknowledgements of indebtedness through favors, gifts, and trade creates a complex network of social debts that acknowledges everyone owes and is owed something in society. Reciprocity is the foundation of society. Social contract is the corollary of mankind's high propensity to cooperate, to interact, and to trade. At no point can one argue the coercive nature of a nation-state is at all comparable, or part and parcel, to the cooperative nature of society. The relationship between state and society has never been one of reciprocity, thus rendering the state non-compliant with the social contract, therefore terminating the state from the social contract completely. There is no social contract binding us to the state because it refuses to abide by the simple terms of the social contract: cooperation and reciprocity."

h/t Thomas J. Michie VII of We the Individuals