The Rider in Khlōros
Cells in competition for resources resolve their antagonism by one consuming the other, preserving the process of the two.opposing forces or arguments to form a new whole. Then cells group to perform more complex tasks, but still the individual cells remain as part of the new totality of the organism, as a product of various oppositions and third party interventions, alterations in the environment, different competition, random mutations.
This new whole then follows the same process through its evolutions. It is presented with new challenges, new conflicts, and must resolve them to move forward, to adapt to survive it must continue to form a history through Hegelian dialectical conflict resolution. Then this process, from single to multi cellular organism is echoed in the development from the individual to the social community. But like the single cells versus the body, the exclusivity of the isolated individual exists as defined against and part of the wholeness of the social. Rather than mutually exclusive they are mutually dependent.
The body is incomprehensible as being absent from the presence of smaller cellular lifeforms, so society is without the individual. Though these two dichotomies are not in themselves defined by internal antagonism, they may be better understood through observing them in opposition to an external dialogue. Not only to clarify the lone thesis, but to facilitate further discourse and progress through dialectics, maintaining an active awareness of the historical presidents laid before in order to pave onwards efficiently, without repeating past mistakes through ignorant dogma or unquestioned tradition, and in preparation for similar challenges ahead.
A discourse with history is not necessarily one of nostalgia or out of fear of the unpredictable future, but it may be considered part of the totality of the social phenomenology, a sustain dialectic that may not simply be resolved through antagonism, but integrated into all ongoing argument. The single cell is defined a much by what it is not as what it may have been, and what it may be part of in potentia.