On the Recognition Hierarchy
Contemporary society constructs itself as revolving around and predicated upon the notion of recognition. Recognition by one's family and relatives – as quantified and concretised through relations and measurements of filial piety; recognition by one's coworkers and colleagues – as epitomised – perhaps most aptly – by mutual rating systems through which competitors and rivals come to rank each other's performances; recognition by the masses at large – as visualised and reflected through one's popularity, offline or online.
These forces – on their own – do not necessarily amount to substantial detriments. After all, from Rousseau's amour propre to Mead's looking-glass self, sociologists and political scientists have gone to painstaking lengths in emphasising and articulating the fact that mankind is, by definition, a social animal. ...