Hierarchy Is Natural

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Understand the Right Function of Hierarchy

“Such hierarchical arrangement is natural.” —Chuang Chou, The Sayings of Chuang Chou, translated by James A. Ware, p. 89

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Hierarchy is both effective & necessary.

  • Not much works in life without a hierarchy.
  • Stuy insects, plants, animals, or any living system, and you will find a hierarchy in control.
  • Hierarchy is not the only system used, but it is the system that other systems work under and for.
  • The medical principle of triage is based on hierarchy.

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What Is a Hierarchy?

(1) the most prevalent principle in all of nature;

(2) the principle of order for all of life;

(3) the principle that puts the survival of your brain over the survival of your big toe;

(4) order or the opposite of chaos;

(5) the supreme organizing principle of all living organisms;

(6) how sorting is accomplished;

(7) prioritizing;

(8) one system of memory organization in humans and computers;

(9) what all disaster planning is based on;

(10) the ideal guiding the triage principle of emergency medical care;

(11) a system of social order in animals that they will never be so foolish as to consider giving up;

(12) what life could not exist without, e.g., if the foot has the same hierarchical status as the brain then we would sacrifice the brain when both of our feet were hurting in order to take care of our doubly important feet;

(13) the structure used in all forms of life to manage power and control;

(14) what you want your surgeon to understand before they start removing parts;

(15) the ideal you use to put first things first in your life;

(16) the principle you use to value the parts of your life;

(17) when you know what comes first and what comes last;

(18) the ideal used to develop sane financial management;

(19) what controls the assignment of resources during a disaster;

(20) what works well—but not for everything and anything;

(21) what depends on “how” you use it for it to be good or bad just like everything else;

(22) what computer flow charts use;

(23) what planning organizers, Gantt charts, (CPM) Critical Path Management, cascade charts, and project management are all based on.

Quotations from Various Sources

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“Anybody who denies inherent hierarchical order when talking about God is denying God’s processes.” —Chuang Chou, The Sayings of Chuang Chou, translated by James A. Ware, p. 90

“Energy will do anything that can be done in this world.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Harmony needs low and high, as progeny needs man and woman.” —Heraclitus, Fragments

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius

“Such hierarchical arrangement is natural.” —Chuang Chou, The Sayings of Chuang Chou, translated by James A. Ware, p. 89