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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

RipTide Game of R's. Serious Winner: Rankism. Meet Gerperga.

RipTide Game of R's
Winner: Loser?  
Rankism -- The Definer of the R-Party

RipTide Game of R's was launched in high electioneering season with long lists of snide R-Words, describing the R-Party. The collection began in fun but evolved over time with update after update, and became serious as actions and policies emerged matching the compendium. See  R's Make RipTide: Join to Score the Game

Of all the R-words submitted/found, and as post-election actions are noted, one such R-word looks eternal:  Rankism.  Does Rankism underly the dominant R identity and view in policy discussions, votes, attitudes. Is that so?

Rankism.  The new dog-whistle

Explore it.
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I.  Rankism. 

A. A search for "rankism" fills in the concept -- somebodies vs. nobodies, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-fuller/somebodies-and-nobodies-u_b_264283.html/ ; abuse of power by the powerful, extreme defense of a position on a perceived status line, regardless of others.  And I am ahead here because I deserve to be.  A human predilection. And groups collect around it to varying degrees.

Rank outranks merit in emotional pull, and persuasive power, as Rush knows and exploits. Ask or look at Rush. Another R-word.

Rankism prevents otherwise positive agreements without someone identified as losing. The greatest fear: losing rank.  Will immigration be addressed in terms of this fear. 

Revisit Maslow to see Rank and Fear at work. Induce fear, and individuals deflect energies from self-development to getting safe again. Those high in rank, putting others in the fear, secure their positions.  See summary of Maslow at the University of Florida, http://www.umsl.edu/services/ctl/DEID/destination2adultlearning/maslow.pdf

B.  The counter to the rankist is the dignitarian, one who respects others and their needs, see Rank, Rankism, and the Dignitarian.  Back to Robert Fuller, Be a Dignitarian, at UUWorld.org./
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III  Can anyone live without rankism.  

Gerperga did, a/k/a Desiderata, Charlemagne's ex.  Add some history to the discussion.

 The concept of living in dignity and affording dignity to others is not new.  A 1920's work, Desiderata, has been tacked to many cubicles, stuck on lots of fridges, in many hearts, and it is substantially dignitarian in tone.  See Max Ehrmann's Desiderata.
Did author Ehrmann build upon the name, Desiderata, as Charlemagne's spouse, unjustly set aside as he was on the move for hisself?  Her name also appears as Gerperga.  Read Desiderata the poem, as it may apply to Desiderata-Gerperga.  There is no changing those who move on for themselves regardless of the impact on others, or justice.  

Charlemagne was a rankist -- rankism -- a scourge on western culture since Rome -- another R word -- and even religion bears the scars of the rankists that usurp it.  Founders of great religious thought, most often dignitarians, but the institutions impose rankism back again and again, regardless.  Another R word.  The game goes on.

So, even silly R-word games to define the R-party gets serious.  Gerperga.  Desiderata.  Content to make one's way, even if not at the expense or humiliation of others.

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