A basic truth

confusedly both worshipped and ignored or denied in our current Zeitgeist: the huge role of status as a motivator of human action, especially group status and action.

While much of modern orthodoxy insists on analysing human affairs through a “rational” prism better suited to comprehending the behaviour of food-seeking worms, these writers (who include, for example, Ricardo Duchesne in The Uniqueness of Western Civilisation) correctly stress the irrational struggle for prestige – recognition of one’s status, remembrance of one’s deeds, and above all, aggrandisement of one’s pride – as a determining factor in social conflict.

Source: Alternative Right

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