“In chicken coops there is a pecking order among the hens; after a certain number of preliminary pecks, a precise order is established according to which there is a hen that pecks all the others, a second hen that pecks all except one, and so on down to the last hen in the coop, which is pecked by all and pecks no other.”
Sure, I get it. Hierarchies are inescapable. We’re social animals who use status to organise, align, optimise, et cetera. But can’t we modify the hierarchies we live by so that those at the bottom don’t get treated so badly?