Status is the topic I’d like to introduce on the heels of last week’s pre-Presidents Day blog on Power, as we often find the two hand in hand. The personal importance each partner places on the acquisition or assignation of these two positions can be revealing for couples compatibilty. Who, what or where we choose to ascribe power and status reflects some of our deepest core values in action. Status (or power for that matter) gained purely through financial superiority or marketed visibilty is rife in our society, but I’ve never bought into it’s ubiquitous conscription. Unfortunately, as every President who has ever attained office can probably attest, both status and power are usually endowed in a highly reciprocal fashion between peers. No matter how worthy one believes their future visions are, if those around you decide to prioritize status and power elsewhere those plans will be hard to realize. Although the road to building larger, wider community based impact is guaranteed to be steeper, longer and more winding than that of simpler, more self-serving interest, I would throw in my lot with the humanitarian over the oligarch any day. I’ve never been impressed solely by status or power, although I’ve had chance to rub elbows with more than a few who lived within the walls of both. True power and status lie within those who use those gifts to reach out to other cultures, races, or classes through the reciprocity of time, energy, wisdom, and compassion. Status is by nature separatist, and those who have embraced the challenge to enrich the bigger world outside their own environs, or conditions that may be out of sight, are those I most admire and respect. They are the ones who hold this truth to be self evident: that ALL are created equal.
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