Should I treat you as an equal?
The immediate answer is yes.
But for 200,000 years we lived with deference and dominance. It was only in the European Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries that we started to see ourselves as equals.
And so today when I don't treat you as an equal, your ego objects, because your ego has introjected the recent values of the Enlightenment of freedom and equality. Why, even the President is only the First Among Equals.
But things are changing.
For 200,000 years deference and dominance were a necessary part of the roles we played in society.
And as we look around us on Central, we find all of us are playing roles. We have an avatar with a role playing name.
On Central, the first thing we do give up our individual identity based on equality, and adopt a role, dare I say, based on deference and dominance.
But I would be pretty daring to say who should defer to who, but this is because we are in a stage of transition, and before long we will be demanding deference and dominance. We will have a moral crusade for deference and dominance. And before long we will take deference and dominance for granted. And once again deference and dominance will be the natural order.