"Breakdowns in society result when people avoid their responsibilities to the community to pursue their own ends." This seems entirely true. For example, in "Lord of the Flies" most of the kids decide going around hunting and not worrying about anything else is what is important, and eventually turn into savages. This could also be true if the people of a farming community started becoming lazy and stopped caring for their crops and animals. Or, in the military, if the all the leaders just stopped giving orders. Anyway you want to put it, if people don't do what's required of them, the world around them crumbles.
In William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" a group of boys get stranded on a desert island after their plane was shot down. Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy know that to survive they must built shelters, collect food, and try to find a way to signal any planes or ships that might pass by. Unfortunately, the choir (hunters) and their leader, Jack, feel that they must be hunting more than anything. Because Jack gathered all the hunters at once for their first successful hunt, their signal fire goes out. As tensions rise high, Ralph and Piggy soon find themselves outnumbered by the hunters, and their followers, who joined due to promises of freedom, to play whenever they want. Because the hunters neglect their responsibilities of making shelter and whatnot, their "society" crumbles. They soon kill off Simon and Piggy, because they had lost all sense of morals to their wild savage side, represented by a boars head.
Another example would be in a farming community. There would be a certain numbers of farmers each growing different things, and using the others resources to get whatever they don't grow, thereby coexisting with each other. Say some of the farmers raised livestock, others grew vegetables, and the rest grew wheat and fruits. Should any one group of them suddenly stop making whatever they made, the other farmers would... [continues]
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