But even without the school oppression, the group has always existed in the childish adventures, especially in games where a distant and mysterious tradition often rule the terms of organization and operation. Who among us did not participate in such groups? As for me, I still remember fondly the consistent team that we organize summer to divert, with a lot of land and weirs while an arm of the river, where we just had to then pick by hand, clueless fish.
Had we a leader? a chef? I do not have that impression of it. We were all absorbed by the exciting company and every one of us gave its maximum.
The only sanction that was faulty or undesirable elements were simply left out of the group in the next adventure. And maybe missing only this runaway group to become constructive. That’s what we study.
Reread Pergaud in his War of the Buttons and you will understand the group dynamics that case as it is, is not new.