o.p. by Major Malfunction
If you look at evolutionary biology and modern primates, that is the way we are. We are social apes and social apes have their hierarchy. And the apes
on the bottom of the hierarchy take everyone else's crap.
That's right. We struggle to function in a hierarchical society that is a product of a fallen world. I have bullied, and been bullied, in turn.
Are we really no better than chickens in a coup, establishing a pecking order and looking for the first opportunity to step on and over the one
'above' us, while constantly keeping those 'below' us in line?
Now, I am going to get Biblical on y'all. If you don't want to hear it, stop here and go back to the coup. Or skip over it and go on below. Or do
whatever you please. No more bullying for or from me.
1 Corinthians 12:
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Just covered it this morning in Bible study. I think these passages sum it up nicely.
Like it or not, believe it or not, we are all interdependent. The pecking order of Social Darwinism is a perversion of the 'survival of the fittest'
lie, foisted on us by those that would have us remain isolated. Divide and conquer is the truth behind the lie of 'survival of the fittest'.
We are interdependent, and until we learn again to function as so, the bullying will continue. I say again, because I believe, prior to the ascendency
of urbanization and specialization, we recognized our interdependency and functioned within it.
In American society, I think the turning point was the choice of our leaders to go with Hamiltonian Federalism over Jeffersonian Agrarianism.
Centralization and compartmentalization have contributed greatly to the feelings of isolation and disconnection that drive the bullying culture. So
many people have bought into the need to 'keep up with the Joneses', to feel superior to others.
It isn't working, is it? That's because it is dysfunctional. That's because it is contrary to God's plan for all of us to live in harmony to the
betterment of ourselves and
each other. We are all part of one great whole (not hole): humanity.