No Such Thing as Society

“There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families.”
Margaret Thatcher

Society is like time.

Time is an abstract concept – you can’t touch it, see it, smell it. You can’t put time in a bottle or bury it in the ground. Society is the same.

When Margaret Thatcher said “There is no such thing as society”, this is what she meant. When we interact with “society”, we’re actually interacting with other people. This is something that resonates with me.

The most heinous crimes committed in the history of our species, have been committed by one ‘society’ against another; they are very¬†rarely committed by one person¬†against another person. Indeed, one of the key factors of The Holocaust was the casting of Jews as untermensch; sub-humans; not real people.

As a Computer Scientist, I have found that the more I learn about computer science, the more I realise that it’s all about people.

When you focus on people, you generally can’t go far wrong. Ask Steve Jobs.

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