Structure and agency- that old chestnut- how do they to their (mutually unconditional) dance?
A better way of putting it, perhaps, has emerged through people themselves:
“The only good system is the sound system”
Or if all else fails, there’s always Wikipedia- Structure and Agency – debate
What i’m essentially trying my damned hardest, to say here, is that while history gets written (by the victors, of course), society emerged through the coming together of collective social and human intelligence.
The structures, the law and the protocols- they’re all here because we intended to enshrine some form of order and control, over our own human (and therefore unpredictable) behaviours, pursuits and personal lives.
But we accidently crafted ourselves a cage.