Human beings form a "pecking order" in everything they do. Its part of our nature to compare. Whether the hierachical system is natural or artificial isn't important.
If we do have an artificial system (rank) then it should reflect the natural pecking order as much as possible.
As far as ego goes, it seems to me that trying to do away with things that might cause ego problems could be the very height of a problematic ego.
For instance, if we use rank (and all of its trappings) as a paradoxical problem (Zen koan, for example) and go through the various levels of experience we can come to an understanding of it that leaves us without real attachement to the rank and all it entails except possibly (hopefully), the resposibility that should go along with rank.
Last edited by Chuck Clark : 06-06-2002 at 10:23 AM.