The Divine Hierarchy
The Lack of Social and Economic Cohesiveness in Western Civilization
By: Marcus Perriello | Our Voice Contributor
The pyramid. It’s the perfect pictograph that sums up the overall perception for social and economic existence in Western society, dating all the way back to ancient times. From Mesopotamia up to Present Day, as far as the history of Western Civilization has been recorded, human society has always existed with the understanding that there is a greater power than themselves. Be it religious, social, or economic in nature, the pyramid mindset has always been reflected in Western culture. What is absent from this mindset is a thorough and coherent understanding of social and economic equality, even though the desire for such a paradigm is ever present in the minds of most people, regardless of their history or culture.
Humans have an instinctive drive to be socially cohesive. Yet as we see throughout history, there are those who are far more ambitious and driven by goals of personal accomplishment, be it through a simple artistic expression, or as far-reaching as being a conqueror. In the midst of people attempting social cohesiveness, there exists a power vacuum that is always, at one point or another, exploited by these ambitious figures as they work to reshape the understanding and inner workings of society to reflect that of a hierarchical power structure. This is what is meant by “The Divine Hierarchy.” Despite people’s desire for social equality and cohesiveness, the less-ambitious and more humble of humanity inadvertently give way to those who seek greater power and control. With this reality in mind, the big question is: How can we successfully reshape this pyramid mindset into a more circular mindset, where all people are truly equal and the balance of power always comes back around to ‘We, The People?’
Democracy has been the best attempt at reshaping this age-old pyramid mindset. Unfortunately, such efforts have always fallen short because of the inevitable seizing of power and control through whichever power vacuum presents itself to those seeking to scale such heights. That phrase, “scaling heights”, is yet another example of how the pyramid mindset is so thoroughly ingrained in the public consciousness and only serves to reinforce that narrative and that mindset. Most of us are taught from a very young age about The Divine Hierarchy, usually in the form of how the common household is organized and how it functions.
Other examples are the most popular organized religions. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. Each of these monotheistic religions emphasize the existence of a Divine Hierarchy in the form of a singular eternal being (God), and the existence of a multi-layered plane of existence that includes angels, humans, animals, demons, and so on. This ideology has also been ever present in how people have organized the workplace. The concept of a socialized workplace is nothing new. Cooperative work environments have always existed. But like so many other socially-driven examples that have been demonstrated, they are often overshadowed by the grandeur and spectacle of the hierarchical enterprise.
The appearance of so much power in the hands of a single being has always been more awe-inspiring and enigmatic, which can arguably account for much of why so many in Western society have fallen for the myth of Meritocracy in the face of a well-orchestrated and executed capture of power. As history has constantly demonstrated, once that capture of power is complete, the societal understanding of the divine hierarchy and its shaping and perpetuation of the pyramid mindset makes the transition from hierarchical dominance to social cohesiveness all the more challenging.
Yet there are historical examples from the more polytheistic religions where the cultures that spawned from them still exist today. They offer different insight into how to make that transition more effectively and efficiently. The Scandinavian countries are well-recognized for their historical role as the homeland of the Vikings, who raided, plundered and pillaged their way to international recognition as some of history’s most dominant conquering forces.
But the belief in Divine Hierarchy still existed in their societal and religious facets, though their religions included more than one deity. This fact alone shattered the otherwise divinity of the hierarchy and had their deities in relatively equal coexistence, each serving their own unique purpose. There were still the figureheads of these ideologies: Zeus for the Greeks. Odin for the Norsemen. Ra for the Egyptians. Ganesh for the Hindus, etc.
When we examine these cultures today, we see a more successful – and in many ways thriving form of social cohesiveness that doesn’t stand out in Western culture. As far as Western culture is concerned, The Divine Hierarchy has always existed as the solid foundation for how their societies were to be organized. Professor Richard Wolff often makes the point of explaining the progression of this hierarchical understanding through the history of Western economics. From Master and Slave, to Lord and Serf, to Employer and Employee. Each phase of economic change represents the gradual shift away from the unwavering belief in The Divine Hierarchy, but with the foundation of that understanding still intact.
It’s only as of the last few years or so that Western Civilization has been more proactively flirting with the idea of finally separating the public mindset from this historical understanding (and belief) that perpetuates this Divine Hierarchy. Terms that were once used as scare tactics are being reexamined and in many ways, redefined (i.e. Socialism). The free-flow of information has allowed the mass of people to gain a better understanding of that which they were taught was gospel The elites who have for so long benefited from this perception are seeing their grip on power, slowly but surely, slipping away.
Enter, Fascism. In historical context, Fascism has been utilized wherever and whenever the threat to the Divine Hierarchy is so great that the only option left for those in power has been to go one of two ways: Either bring the public back into subjugation by force, or through political trickery such as double-speak and media propaganda. The latter has usually been the most effective method, and if one is able to convince an otherwise intelligent and well-informed population that what they knew was true is indeed false, the benchmark of a Fascist has been reached.
Fascists are basically the guardsmen of the Divine Hierarchy. They act as the muscle for those who wield the economic and political power of society. This further reinforces the mechanisms, including the belief, in Divine Hierarchy as those with little or no real power recognize the danger their lives are in if they dare to challenge those in power, and/or the existing power structure itself.
The most effective method for combating Fascism has usually been through Revolution. But people in power have also learned the lessons from history and have organized modern systems to effectively deal with such civil dissent. The United States offers the most effective modern examples of combating Fascism in the 20th Century, usually through grassroots movements that are focused on reshaping the organization and understanding of specific facets of society. This is what the Democratic Establishment embraces when they promote their philosophy of slow gradualism. This is also a form of political double-speak in that it is designed to slow the momentum of the proletariat – to give the economic and political elites more time to properly prepare for the coming attempts at real economic and political change.
For more recent examples of combating Fascism and challenging the understanding of The Divine Hierarchy, we can look to the likes of Europe and Scandinavia, where unionization is much stronger and cooperatives are more of a presence in the economy. If we can learn anything from these countries, it’s how we can better organize our economy and what power the people truly have over The Establishment.
Yes, we CAN do it. We can do it if we can find the bravery within ourselves to relinquish our fear of The Divine Hierarchy and recognize that as a cohesive ‘We, The People’, we have far more power over economic and political discourse than the few wealthy elites could ever hope for.