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According to Pascal Man is but a reed the most feeble thing in nature but he is a thinking reed The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him A vapor a drop of water suffices to kill him But if the universe were to crush him man would still be more noble than that which killed him because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him the universe knows nothing of this All our dignity consists then in thought Pascal 1958 p33 It is obvious that the thinking is important for each individual and within any group of people As long as the social production system exist the people will be divided and formed into different groups and classes based on the positions they are in and the their relationships to the means of production Each different class would has its own thinking depends on its interest Marx Engels 1896 Marx and Engels had used the principle of social being determined social consciousness to demonstrate the class essence of the ideology Drawing from the Marx and Engels they indicated that the ruling ideas in any epoch always came from the ruling class in the society which in turn disclosed the truth of the class which has the means of material production at its disposal has control at the same time over the means of mental production Marx Engels 1896 p 24 The idea of ruling class is the embodiment of dominant material relationships of the dominant classes Marx Engels 1896 No matter in any age there are always a group of people who stand out from the multitude and their faith and ideology was believed and considered as guiding ideology by other people Likewise those dominance groups are confident in their abilities to lead others Back to the era when the aristocracy ruled societies this distinction of leaders and followers has already existed The large groups
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