Thursday, July 19, 2007

Social Heirarchy

Some life forms need to interact. The number one reason is to mate - otherwise they would be extinct. This necessates some kind of interaction. There are other survival reasons too. The group tends to provide security in the sense of providing food sources more easily and other forms of protection.

The basic heirarchy goes as follows

Alpha -> Beta -> Omega

The alpha is the leader, the beta is second in command and is vying for the position of 'alpha; and the omega is just a follower. Despite routine beatings and harassment, the omega will still blindly follow as a survival tactic. Human society is full of millions of these heirarchies - going from the state to the labour situation to the family.

It is impossible to avoid unless you can eviscerate yourself from family, state, friends and basically all human relationships of any kind.

Can you exist outside the heirarchy? Yes, a "sigma". You don't want to lead or follow. You are not on the social ladder - you are totally seperate from the social ladder. They have no relevance as you exist in a world of your own, outside the boundaries of social rules that the heirarchy creates.

An ideal becomes a goal even if not entirely practical within certain confines, but nonetheless achievable within reality.