Sri Aurobindo identifies three steps, or stages, of the development of a societal aggregate. The first step is the gathering together of the elements that make up the eventual formed unit. The second is the consolidation of those elements through compression into the formed body of the society. The third is the emergence of the self-standing societal unit in the confidence of its own existence. These steps repeat themselves and take on the aspect of a method of Nature in forming ever-larger human aggregates; thus, making it likely that such a process will repeat as mankind moves towards human unity.
Sri Aurobindo observes: The first stage begins with “…a loose formation in which various elements ere gathered together for unification, proceeded through a period of strong concentration and coercion in which the conscious national ego was developed, fortified and provided with a centre and instruments of its organic life, and passed on to a final period of assured separate existence and internal unity as against outside pressure in which liberty and an active and moer and more equal share of all in the benefits of the national life became possible.”
“If the unity of the human race is to be brought about by the same means and agents and in a similar fashion to that of the nation, we should expect it to follow a similar course. That is at least the most visible probability and it seems to be consistent with the natural law of all creation which starts from the loose mass, the more or less amorphous vague of forces and materials and proceeds by contraction, constriction, solidification into a firm mould in which the rich evolution of various forms of life is at last securely possible.”
Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part One, Chapter 14, The Possibility of a First Step towards International Unity — Its Enormous Difficulties , pg. 114