Modern industrialized cultures continue to be so invested in the dynamic of dominance by some over others, who, according to their gender, skin color, and assortment of other characteristics (such as socioeconomic status), are each placed somewhere along the rung of an ancient hierarchical ladder. Every nation has its own nuanced version of this set up. I’ve spent much of my adulthood empowering people— including myself— to get away from this ladder mentality as much as possible. Clearly, many would rather kill and be killed than give up this outdated, harmful worldview.
Brief Thoughts on Leaving Behind the Ladder of Hierarchy Mentality
Published by The Practical, Fanciful Pagan
I'm gay, married, Pagan, and Progressive-minded from California, raised by hippie intellectuals. I relocated to Massachusetts for graduate school and never moved back to the Left Coast. My day job is that of psychotherapist in private practice, a profession I love with all my heart and a dream fully realized that I'd had since fifteen years of age. These are my rantings, reviews, and reflections. If nothing else, I hope you find something worth reading here and leave the rest. View all posts by The Practical, Fanciful Pagan
2 thoughts on “Brief Thoughts on Leaving Behind the Ladder of Hierarchy Mentality”
That last bit is so very and sadly true. Cultures of dominance seem to perpetuate themselves endlessly not only in the larger societies but also even in smaller groups that describe themselves as egalitarian etc. It constantly unpleasantly surprises me. Our world needs more people like you who work each day to empower yourself and others to imagine new ways of being that are not tied to dominance and hierarchy.
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Thank you for your kind words, and, indeed, I agree with all you say. It is very sad. Let’s hear it for empowerment for ourselves and others, wherever and whenever this can and does happen.