Status is zero-sum game

As an Indian child, I was taught to respect my books. I was to never place a book on the floor – that is being disrespectful to the book. But isn’t the presence of such a rule being disrespectful to the floor?

I was also taught to never enter a house with footwear – that is being disrespectful. But isn’t such a rule disrespectful to the footwear that wears itself out while protecting our feet?

I was taught to respect my elders – to not argue or answer back to them. You surely see where this is going.

Status cuts both ways. When you choose to elevate somebody or something, you automatically choose to denigrate somebody or something else.

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