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[53] 17. Then, too, there are a great many degrees1 of closeness or remoteness in human society. To proceed beyond the universal bond of our common humanity, there is the closer one of belonging to the same people, tribe, and tongue, by which men are very closely bound together; it is a still closer relation to be citizens of the same city-state; for fellow-citizens have much in common—forum, temples, colonnades, streets, statutes laws. Courts, rights of suffrage, to say nothing of social and friendly circles and diverse business relations with many.

But a sill closer social union exists between kindred. 2 Starting with that infinite bond of union of the human race in general, the conception is now confined to a small and narrow circle.

1 Degrees of social relationship: (1) citizenship,

2 (2) kinship,

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