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A human society is a group of people related to each other through continued relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or virtual territory, same interests, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions. A given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification and/or dominance patterns in subgroups.
In so far as it is collaborative, a society can enable its members to benefit in ways that would not otherwise be possible on an individual basis; both individual and social (common) benefits can thus be distinguished, or in many cases found to overlap. A society can also consist of like-minded people governed by their own norms and values within a dominant, larger society. This is sometimes referred to as a subculture, a term used extensively within criminology: an organized group working together having a common interests, beliefs, or profession.
More broadly, a society may be described as an economic, social, or industrial infrastructure, made up of a varied collection of individuals or subgroups. Members of a society may be from different ethnic groups. A society can be a particular ethnic group, such as the Saxons; a nation state, such as Bhutan; or a broader cultural group, such as a Western society. The word society may also refer to an organized voluntary association of people for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes. A "society" may also be a group of social organisms such as an ant colony, or any cooperative aggregate such as, for example, in some formulations of artificial intelligence.
In Western culture
, the finger
(as in giving someone the finger
or the bird
), also known as the finger wave
, the middle finger
, flipping someone off
, or the one finger salute
is an obscene hand gesture
, often meaning the phrases "fuck off" or "fuck you". It is performed by showing the back of a closed fist that has only the middle finger
extended upwards, though in some locales the thumb is also extended. Extending the finger is considered a universal symbol of contempt. The gesture dates back to Ancient Greece
and was also used in Ancient Rome
. Historically, it represented the phallus
. In recent times, the gesture has gained increased acceptance, and has been used increasingly by musical artists, athletes, and politicians. However, many still view the gesture as obscene. Many cultures use similar gestures to display their disrespect towards others of a different culture.
A 16th-century chiaroscuro woodcut of the Tiburtine Sibyl meeting with Augustus. The mythic meeting between the Roman Emperor and the sibyl (prophetess) of Tibur (now Tivoli), of whom he inquired whether he should be worshiped as a god, was a favored motif of Christian artists. In this scene, she shows him a vision of the Christian heaven.
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Anniversaries this month
(1958–1981) was a Canadian
humanitarian, athlete and cancer research
activist. He was a distance runner and basketball player, and continued both pursuits after his right leg was amputated upon being diagnosed with osteosarcoma
in 1977. His experiences in chemotherapy
inspired Fox to attempt the Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run, in the hopes of raising C$
1 for every person in the country for cancer research. He began on April 12
, 1980, at St. John's, Newfoundland
, and ran west for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres — the equivalent of a marathon
a day — until forced to stop near Thunder Bay, Ontario
, after cancer returned in his lungs. Fox captivated the country; he was named Newsmaker of the Year
in both 1980 and 1981, and was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada
. His run and subsequent battle with the disease united the nation and led to millions of dollars in donations. He inspired the Terry Fox Run
, held in over 60 countries and the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over $500 million
have been raised in his name. Considered a national hero, many buildings, roads and parks have been named in his honour across Canada.
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