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  •  A word about hierarchy. (2+ / 0-)
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    A commitment to hierarchy is integral to the authoritarian world view. I used to think that the need to aim for higher social status was to compensate for an endemic sense of inferiority -- an effort to achieve balance.  Then it occurred to me that social status is designed as a reward for effort, as well as a prompt to action for individuals who have no initiative or self-direction.
    That's the perception of hierarchy from the bottom up, so to speak.
    However, just today it occurred to me that the superior status of humans relative to other living creatures, as well as relative to their own kind, actually serves to justify the exploitation, abuse and even extermination of the lesser species and lower forms of human kind. Hierarchy sanctions the callous disposition of "fungible troops" as well as the "unfortunate" sacrifice of the innocent. Hierarchy justifies killing our own kind. Consequently, mere torture and abuse can be classified as moderation.

    "Since I could kill you, letting you suffer is a kindness, an example of self-restraint."

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 12:50:40 PM PST

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