By Robert W Fuller
Robert Fuller's bestseller "Somebodies and Nobodies clinically determined and named the illness of rankism -- "what somebodies might do to nobodies." during this sequel, he extra explores the social and mental expenditures of this challenge and counters it with the imaginative and prescient of a "dignitarian" society. Drawing on his reviews as a scientist, collage president, and public diplomat, Fuller identifies rankism because the leader quandary to reaching the yankee imaginative and prescient of liberty and justice for all -- and he spells out the stairs required to eliminate it. starting with a decision to motion, the writer exposes what's at stake via demonstrating rankism's toxic presence in politics, enterprise, or even own relationships. when it comes to strategies, he deals substitute dignitarian versions for a number of basic elements of society, together with schooling, healthcare, politics, and faith. "All upward thrust illuminates the delicate, frequently dysfunctional workings of strength in all our interactions, and exhibits why swap is not just fascinating yet important.
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11 Despite warnings from a few farseeing individuals, we have typically plunged ahead and learned only by doing. The end result has been the same as that suffered by the succession of foolhardy men who climbed into flying machines without first modeling the consequences of their designs: over and over again, we’ve crashed and burned. Conducting dignity impact studies in advance may sound far-fetched and utopian now, but this was once believed true of environmental impact studies, which are now mandatory.
We know at once when we’re treated with disregard, and for good reason. An intimation or overt gesture of disrespect may be a feeler put out by someone to gauge the degree of our resistance to subordination, or to remind us of our place. For example, an insult is often a signal of intent to exclude the targeted individual from the group, to make him or her an outcast, a nobody. Likewise, an assertion of rank—even a subtle one—can signal an intention to dominate. To be “nobodied” carries the threat of being deprived of social and material resources critical to our well-being.
We tamed ﬁre, domesticated plants and animals, and built cities. By the time different tribes began bumping up against one another, they no longer recognized that we are all one family. They looked strange, sounded stranger, and inspired fear in each other. So under threat of enslavement or worse, we designed ever more potent weapons with which to protect ourselves. Sometimes, thinking we had the advantage, we turned them on branches of our estranged family. Over some ﬁve thousand generations we have accumulated enough might to return us all to the Stone Age.