Community mentality is one major contributor to humans’ position as the ultimate species.
The film is a testament to the power of a connected and engaged community that cares for its members. Larry was an active member of the Bedford Street community. He was always asking them to donate to some new charity. I believe that Larry, though intellectually challenged, has had a greater impact and was more “profitable” to his community than me. His community did not forget this.
Community extends across species. One sees it even in Collector of Bedford Street when Larry learns his IQ score is 62 (this is the .5th percentile, meaning he is more intelligent than 0.5% of the population, given a mean IQ of 100 and a standard deviation of 15; in other words, it’s a very bad score). He was very saddened to hear the news, and his dog saw this and came to support him. It appears that empathy and community is not isolated to humans.
This is truer for humans than any other species, so deeply programmed that we are barely aware of it. Community mentality is one major contributor to humans’ position as the ultimate species. One needs to look no further for evidence of this than the words you are reading now. Language exists for no other reason than communication between multiple individuals. It is a highly sophisticated means for the transfer of ideas from one individual to another. It thus gives individuals the power to expand not only their own thinking but the thinking of others, and advance them all to capabilities that no other species can attain.
Individuals in isolation don’t need a sophisticated language, and if one lives in isolation for extended periods of time, he begins to lose his capacity for language. (I find it entertaining that libertarians, who at least on the surface deny the authority of the community and society, use to spread their ideas the tool that is evidence against them.) We will all advance when we recognize that we are not meant to be alone and that we are meant to both help and be helped by those with whom we live.