Hierarchies disgust me. No one is my superior for the same reason no one is my inferior. If we cannot learn to make things work as equals, humanity will never graduate into adulthood.
@aral I've always felt the same so I've constantly been labeled as someone who has "problems with authority" ... yet I'm not the one who has a problem listening to the real "authorities" in a field climate change or so ... go figure
@aral Whether they disgust you or not, they seem to have been around for a long time, and don't seem to be going.
Better questions: can we minimize them, prevent them from becoming dominative and make them serve everyone?
@douginamug @aral no they haven't. the current people at the top of the hierarchy would like nothing more than for those of us on the lower rungs to naturalize their superiority on their behalf like you just did. it's the modern version of the divine right of kings, and like that notion it's illegitimate and indefensible. stop carrying their water for them.
the "naturalization of their superiority" aforementioned exists without formal structure. This has been theorized 60 years ago as the tyranny of structurelessness
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Whether humans are in general naturally equal or inequal is a longstanding question of philosophy and of anthropology; it doesn't seem to have a clear answer at present. Certainly some humans are better than others at some things, but do we naturally sort ourselves into leaders and followers? If so, then the question is how hierarchy can be arranged to serve the many and not just the few.
@aral hmm I kind of agree - in the purest sense of the world, no one should be inherently better, or more important, than anyone else.
However, if there was no hierarchy, how do we differentiate between those who need to make big decisions on a daily basis? A person’s skill and experience goes into making them more adept at making these big decisions.
If everything was linear, who would make these decisions?
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