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Monday, August 13, 2012

Levels of a Household Pyramid

those with short attention spans just skip over all this cuz I don't need you anyway

Have you ever wondered about levels? ranks? floors? Buildings have ranks. The basement, were the rats live and dust bunnies collect. The lobby/waiting room/place where people go in to get to their floor, whatever you wanna call it. Basically, the doorman/secretary whatever works there, doing the same thing, ” Hello, how can i help you?” God that’s just so frustrating, who could spend their life doing that as a living. Then we have the floors, with the usual, whatever offices/rooms. But at the top, we have the floor with the amazing view/penthouse.

Do you notice how the top is always superior? Why not the bottom? Why has through out history and life the top is always the best? The saying “low man on the totem pole” might not actually mean “I have little or no status and have to answer to everyone above me” Here’s some Wikipedia definition on what it means, cuz I’m too lazy to spell it out for you.

“The vertical order of images is widely believed to be a significant representation of importance. This idea is so pervasive that it has entered into common parlance with the phrase “low man on the totem pole.” This phrase is indicative of the most common belief of ordering importance, that the higher figures on the pole are more important or prestigious. A counterargument frequently heard is that figures are arranged in a “reverse hierarchy” style, with the most important representations being on the bottom, and the least important being on top. There have never been any restrictions on vertical order; many poles have significant figures on the top, others on the bottom, and some in the middle. Other poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column.”

Anyway back to me. When you think of the common household, what do you think of? The common mediocre family? 2 parents, a bother, a sister, and maybe even a dog. In this family there are only levels, The Parents and the children & dog. The children and dog are treated as equals, but are governed by the level above them, the parents. I don’t know if that’s the way it works in your family, but in mine… Lets just say its no where near close to that.