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originally posted by: olaru12
Hierarchies and Sin
Interesting concepts but this is thread is destined for the mudpit or just simply put in the can. Dissing the "chosen one" is fraught with peril.
I don't know much about hierarchies but I'm very familiar with sin.
originally posted by: ketsuko
If one's worth is based on one's merit, how does that not also set up a hierarchy?
To illustrate, I'll go to athletics because I was legitimately the top of a hierarchy there during my time. I was the best hurdler in my entire state for a few years enough to a win national award for it. I was among the top three best in the high jump.
That's a hierarchy and based on merit.
And you have plenty of people today arguing against meritocracy as being white supremacist because not enough BIPOC excel at the kinds of merit they would have them excel at.
So where do we go now?
originally posted by: Never Despise
Hierarchy is natural. Alpha males lord it over beta males. The "queen bee" popular girls and the wallflowers. It's not fun or fair but it's hardwired into us.
You can design systems that try to flatten hierarchy but you will still get Stalin driving in a fleet of Limos and living in the Tsar's old house, or Mao with his dozens of young concubines. "All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others."