An allele is “any of the alternative forms of a gene that may occur at a given locus” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). In other words, various forms or characteristic outputs may descend from common ancestors. The common example is a wrinkled versus smooth covered peas.
Social alleles are those results independently achieved as a result of innate origins or environmental influences. I created the Theory of Social Alleles to explain how two similar entities can achieve such diverse results where the origin was the same. If you wish to relate this to people you may examine the attribute in question and the frequency in which it occurs in nature. Mathematically we can represent this as follows:
Where p is the frequency of one characteristic and q the frequency of an alternate characteristic we may predict the frequency of expressions in the complete sum. (Nothing more, nothing less)
This is fine and good for genes but how does this apply to social interactions? Simple, when two characteristics are allowed to express themselves without influence or mitigation of consequences valid, sustainable outcomes endure. Conversely, when unsustainable or mutant (unnatural) characteristics are permitted or fostered through allowance or dismissal, population perpetuity is threatened.
The Theory of Social Alleles suggests characteristics that are natural and sustainable persist. Attributes that are unnatural yet permitted through external intervention unnaturally sustain a non-sum yield. These non-sum yields degrade the organism and perpetuate to subsequent generations.
A technology-related example of this theory is a checksum. A checksum is the fingerprint of digital data used for detecting accidental errors in storage or transmission. Were a checksum allowed to perpetuate without an alternate characteristic (error or mutation) a file with full fidelity would remain reliable and guaranteed. This file could be duplicated and the contents ensured compared against its checksum. Were the file modified and the checksum non-reflective of this change the error would perpetuate to subsequent generations and the system would be compromised.
Social alleles are those characteristics that are unnatural yet permitted by society, sometimes called a necessary evil or allowance. Recent examples include junk bonds, toxic assets, bailouts, corporate welfare, excessive consumer debt, etc. These are examples of unsustainable practices.
The Theory of Social Alleles is not a descent into social abyss. The theory does not suggest mutations are inevitable towards a disastrous climax. Instead, the theory requires adherence, fidelity, fortitude and time-tested principles of nature. Unsustainable practice must be identified early, resolved or discarded.