First hydrocarbons, and other carbon based compounds are formed in space, then chemical signaling is established in the brain, finally society appears. Nowadays the Internet introduces another set of open protocols, which allow world wide communication.
There is an important aspect at the society level. Acemoglu and Robinson discovered Why Nations Fail. Now it is rules, human made rules, which produce prosperity. It seems to me that there are cradles, nurseries, or whatever you want to call them, of ideas. Where ideas are created, advanced ways to be on Earth, are discovered, and those lucky ones, live better.
Go find your cocoon. I can assure you, it won't be near a warlord!