Epigram 07

If, disregarding conduct that is entirely private, we consider only that species of conduct which involves direct relations with other person; and if under the name government we include all control of such conduct, however arising; then we must say that the earliest kind of government, the most general kind of government, and the government which is ever spontaneously recommencing, is the government of ceremonial observance. More may be said. This kind of government, besides preceding other kinds, and besides having in all places and times approached nearer to universality of influence, has ever had, and continues to have, the largest share in regulating men’s lives.

Herbert Spencer, The Principles of Sociology