The Ideal of Hierarchy

The Ideal of Hierarchy

I will grant this is rather a clunky title, but it comes closer than the alternatives– scale, continuum, ascent, ladder, gradation–to describing what I wish to talk about.  As an organizing system for human interactions, the hierarchy is ubiquitous throughout history, in governments, the military, businesses, institutions of most every kind. As a structure to carry out a particular mission, its success is evident–there are those who have the power and give the orders, and those who have less (or none) and carry them out.  Over time, though, they tend to collapse under their own weight.  This structure also exists in philosophical schools as well as in our own belief systems, and this is what I would like to concentrate on.

Link to the essay.

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