This was an interesting line of thought, might as well share it with everyone as it's a bit big for a status update.
Through introspection we can see that we are still driven by the same powerful instinct that ensured the success of our furry ancestors, fear. Fear of what you ask? Everything. Without a social structure we have no support for whatever is to come. A lone monkey is vulnerable, but in a troop? Damned near invincible. Thus compelling us to seek one out for our own protection.
The first question to ask is what is a troop? A group of monkeys that have banded together to ensure survival. The troop, of course, relying on a set of rules and standards put in place to ensure the safety of the whole. Reinforcing behaviors seen as beneficial and punishing that which isn't, essentially brainwashing the young and turning the adults into the tools that do so.
It is through our drive to seek safety, find our place in the world, our troop, that we attempt to either find allies and insert ourselves into their social structure, or build one of our own by grooming those around us to conform to the rules and standards we adhere to.
So the second question becomes how does a troop form? Simple, by a larger, stronger, more intelligent monkey providing protection to a weaker one, in your words, enabling it, in hopes of forming a bond and in doing so either indoctrinating said monkey into a preexisting social structure or forming an entirely new one. Rules are then established by the stronger and adhered to by the weaker to ensure their survival.
The third question is once established, how does a troop ensure survival? Violence is, of course, the first thing that comes to mind. Warring between troops is quite common, but with each war comes more wounded, which means time and energy that could be devoted to growth is instead devoted to the infirm, diminishing the effectiveness of the troop as a whole. Leading us to the conclusion that it is far more cost effective to maintain territories and tolerate neighbors, treating them as equals in order to avoid unnecessary losses.
So to answer your question, no. We're not accepting lower standards in society, quite the opposite in fact. We're forming our own societies in order to establish and reaffirm the rules and standards we adhere to. While the event leading to you asking these questions is unclear, I can tell you that the willingly blind should be treated as equals as failure to do so only leads to more, hopefully metaphorically speaking, wounded. Instead of dwelling on what's lost in the battles past, dedicate yourself to growth. Indoctrinate other monkeys, build your troop, form your own societal standards, ensure your survival. Just remember that your time and energy is finite, and there is a point is which you must cut your losses and move on.
Edited by ClickClickClick, 06 February 2018 - 11:30 PM.