One aspect of being human is the social and cultural. We are not reducible to physiologies in a physical environment. And we never have been. The Laetoli footprints from 3.6 million years ago are an emblem of our humanity and indicate to us the importance of others in our lives. The trick is to get the balance right - to develop our own character and live our own life while living within and contributing to humanity as a whole.

Group singing is an aspect of conviviality that has almost disappeared from Western mass culture in the past 60 years. It used to accompany pub drinking and served to moderate and curb violent and abusive drunken behaviour.

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