This-essay is a7711192.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %PECKING-ORDER MORALITY 771119 Many animal species order their corporate behavior according to a pecking order of dominance and submission. The pecking order is determined by a process of ritualized conflict in which individuals assert themselves as more dominant than some, and accept domination by others. Such conflicts are rarely deadly. The human species also has its ritualized conflicts by which pecking orders are determined. One way of determining the pecking order is through the enforcement or morality. Participants engage in a ritualized conflict of determination of relative ranking in terms of rules of moral conduct. Subtle accusations of infractions of rules or moral conduct combined with the acceptance of guilt occasioned by such accusations---together play a central role in such moral conflict. Degrees of self- righteousness and self-guiltfulness are awarded and a moral pecking order is ordained. Sometimes people seek to suddenly shift their position in the moral pecking order through a process of conversion. In such a process an attempt is made to drop the burden of guilt in order to achieve a higher standing in the pecking order. Sometimes those people who are higher in the pecking order are willing to accept and defend such a convert---and in other instances they are threatened by such a convert, and peck the convert back into place. Converts who challenge the concept of having a pecking order are most threatening---since they would bring the highest ranked pecker down to the same level as the lowest ranked pecker. Not to have the security of known pecking order in very threatening. Thus, any convert who seeks to undermine the pecking order is pecked back to a low position in the pecking order. Those who are high in the pecking order take advantage of their positions of dominance to change the moral rules which are used in moral conflicts---so as to assure stability in the status quo positions of those high in the moral pecking order. This means only slow changes occur which are to the advantage of high peckers. The rules tend thus to be viewed as nearly of ultimate importance--- subject only to imperceptible evolution when self- interest permits such evolution. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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