The assignment was to contemplate “pecking orders”. Hierarchies.
They’re real of course. And for good reason. Civilizations depend on them in many ways, to keep the peace and preserve order and maintain productivity to serve the common good. Or so we believe at present.
Helpful in many circumstances. They can help create order, organization, cooperation and alignment, and hence minimize float and increase productivity and effectiveness.
They can also be unhelpful. Even harmful. Preventing able-bodied qualified beings from being able to do or experience or have access to things or positions they might not only enjoy but excel at.
What’s fascinating about pecking orders is that the more Source you are, i.e. the more you use the Avatar tools to get widened back and clear and light and spacious, the easier it is to effortlessly navigate up and down through ostensible pecking orders and perceived hierarchies. It’s an exhilarating phenomenon.
We can imagine a world where there is no more need for hierarchies or pecking orders because everyone is Source. That’s a noble goal. Something to look forward to and work towards.
We can also use the way the founders of the United States set up the country and government as a reference point, and perhaps see that pecking orders may not always be a “bad” thing. (Putting aside the obvious contradictions that we all know about such as the way women, Africans and native Americans were treated — this was “not good” and is a given) these were, after all, men who had an extremely libertarian view of freedom and liberty for humanity that was very progressive when viewed in the context of where humanity and the world was at the time. Dictatorships and monarchies abounded. They wanted to attempt to create the “free-est” civilization in human history, with the least amount of rules laws restrictions regulations and government interventions.
And yet even they with all their grandiose visions of this free new frontier where everyone can do whatever they want to based on free will, hard work and determination came up with the idea of having a “president” and a VP and a leader of the House of Congress etc etc. And they voluntarily gave and submitted to the authority of the people in those positions in order to create order and alignment and organization for the country.
It wasn’t always about the strongest toughest meanest head honcho as it was in times past. This was a new design. A deliberately created pecking order for the good of the collective to avoid chaos and disorder. And to avoid the old fashioned historically traditional and unfair kind of pecking orders that existed since the dawn of man.
We obviously aren’t “there” yet, wherever “there” is to each of us…. But in these new deliberate pecking orders that have cropped up all over the world since, many call them democratic republics, anyone can get to the top of the pecking order. Minorities (so called), poor people, women, you name it. It’s a relatively new way to do pecking orders. And it’s not all bad.
Modern day corporations are often set up in the same manner. Because they work pretty smoothly and get the job done.
They’re not perfect certainly. What is? We will continue to evolve. As we always have. But they do seem to achieve at least two of the goals necessary for both survival and peace: prevent chaos and disorder, and get the job(s) done that need doing.
Just an idea, but if everyone was Source, wouldn’t we inevitably create different forms of pecking orders eventually anyway? Just to get organized and achieve aforementioned goals? Curious…
Posting the above got me contemplating more… (God bless my poor wife…)
With all the perceived and even real benefits of deliberately created pecking orders, such as the ones noted above, like democratic republic countries, harmful pecking orders still do exist throughout human societies all over the world, both very small (the poor versus the born-privileged) and very large.
Even single families often have pecking orders that have long since been established for better or worse, based on who holds all the money or who’s the loudest, strongest or meanest. The individuals in these families may not “like” the pecking order that exists, but many stay within it for a variety of reasons… Fear, safety, resistance to loneliness or homelessness. That can be a troubling dynamic. Certainly not helpful.
Going larger, India still suffers from the ancient Caste System that is almost the dictionary definition of pecking order, based solely on the lightness or darkness of ones skin tone or how much money their family has. That sucks. What I began contemplating is, is it possible for one to be born into this pecking order in India and wake up one day and just decide that you’ve had enough of it and leave? One would have to accept saying goodbye to one’s home and family potentially forever… That’s tough. But India is a free country. It’s possible. Just not optimal.
Let’s go larger still. Many casually claim that the president of the united states is “the leader of the free world”. Many of us have heard this notion uttered before. And yet in the bigger picture of course, America’s president is no such thing. Much larger institutions exist in planet earth’s pecking order. The Roman Empire, thoughtfully disguised as “the catholic church” or “the vatican” is still a powerful force to be reckoned with. Certainly not being led by any U.S. president. (Even the thought of that compels one to giggle.)
The Vatican (let us just call it that for the sake of ease, knowing full well it’s still the same old roman empire that’s been dominating planet earth for over 2000 years) is its own country. (!!!) It’s IN the country of Italy, yes. But it’s NOT Italian. It’s its own sovereign nation with its own laws and government and banking system, completely separate from the nation of Italy. And separate from the rest of the EU and the world. Now that’s power at a very high level. In a very strange and twisted pecking order that still exists in human society. There’s a reason why every president and prime minister and dictator of every nation on earth makes the obligatory pilgrimage to “meet the pope”. Certainly not because they’re “catholic”.
Another example might be the so-called “royal family” of Great Britain. Now these villainous monsters have been wreaking havoc on human beings for more than 1500 years. And profiting greatly from it. WE may know that there’s no such thing as “royalty”, that they just made it up as a way to control the people and rationalize their murdering and thieving, self-deification much like the romans did, or the persians or egyptians or babylonians or akkadians or sumerians did before them.
[The first self-described “king” (insert whatever word you use in your native language for king, be it emperor, shah, rai, dictator, supreme leader, etc.) in human history was Gilgamesh, who appeared in Sumer in approx 4000 BCE. Because some scholars believe Gilgamesh is a legend and not real, we could resort to King Sargon of Sumer as being the first “king” in human history. What made them “king”? They did. They invented the word. They invented the whole idea of kingship and royalty. In reality there is just nothing remotely true or factual about the idea. It’s made up. It was just another way of saying “I’m the boss because I’m the strongest, meanest, toughest, craftiest warrior around this region. I’ve killed and plundered and pillaged the most around here and I’m therefore declaring myself “king”. If you questioned what “king” meant, you soon found out. And the tradition became forever cemented in the hearts and minds of humans ever since, fearfully and intractably.]
But by this point in human history, most people have completely forgotten this inconvenient fact. They believe there’s such a thing as “royalty”. And they believe such things as “the US president is supposed to bow before the Queen of England.” Which again can compel one to giggle when hearing or reading it. Because it IS a hilariously fallacious notion. That woman is no more a queen than our little puppy Alistair, a king charles cavalier spaniel, is. But she tells everyone she is and they choose to believe it. And why not? To do otherwise would be deadly. So we don’t. For reference, the “royal family” of england is similar to the roman empire/vatican in that they are IN England, but they do NOT live in the country of england. They actually live in the country of London. Not London the city in england, but in a country they invented called London, in order to confuse the hell out of their english “subjects”, and get away with being able to NOT be subject to any of the laws of the country of england. It’s actually just outside of the city of london proper. They too have their own sovereign nation state, with its own laws and banking system and governmental hierarchy, completely separate from the people of england. That too is POWER in the worldly pecking order of the highest order. And therein is another example of why every known president and dictator of every country in the world makes the obligatory trip to “bow before the queen”.
Let’s go for a moment to a much more obvious pecking order, a less convoluted and controversial one. The animal kingdom. In this pecking order it is easy to see how pecking orders work. The bigger and stronger you are, the higher up on the pecking order you are. Think lions or tigers. If you’re a gazelle or an antelope… well, you’re pretty much out of luck from the day you’re born. You can try running really fast… And that will buy you some time. But in the end, you’re end will surely come sooner than you want it to, simply because you were born on the lower end of the natural pecking order.
When we come back to view human pecking orders, we may decide that they aren’t as bad as we may at first assume them to be. Sure the vatican and the royal family of england and the USA are the top dogs in the human pecking order. And that makes them extremely powerful, and hence scary. BUT, unlike gazelles or antelopes, human beings at this stage in their evolution do have the freedom and ability to live out their lives relatively peacefully despite the existence of these mammoth monsters in the human pecking order. Mind your business, do as your told, move as far away from said mammoth monsters as possible and you could live to die of old age or natural causes. That’s actually not a bad deal considering what the other animals on earth are forced to endure from the day they are born.
So… Pecking orders surely can be helpful if deliberately created and agreed upon by all involved. But they can also be thoroughly terrifying and harmful as well.
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