The pervasiveness of hierarchy

While listening to Nature of Technology by W. Brian Arthur. He describes technology as a series of hierarchies.  A technology is made of technologies is made of technologies-grouped together in an hierarchical way to achieve some executable.  This got me thinking about hierarchy in general.

We find hierarchies in school.

We find them in the way we learned to take notes.

We find them in our government, our religion, our social groups, our business organizations, etc.

So I am not surprised that Arthur uses hierarchy to better understand technology.

However, I find myself questioning the actual existence of hierarchy in an ontological sense.  I also, find myself questioning how hierarchical views of the world prevent change, and maintain traditional power structures.  While hierarchy is a useful epistemological tool, how else might we organize our world that might break us from this hierarchical tailspin and provide us with fresh perspective?

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