For those of you who have never been exposed to living chickens, welcome to this post. I must add a necessary disclaimer here because if you believe in equality, this post is not for you. If you believe in gender balance this post is not for you, and if you believe in little hierarchy this post will bother you.
The disclaimer above, is only there to avert the faint hearted from the harsh world of chicken social norms and rules. See we are more like chickens than we know, and if we were to compare many parts of traditional social and corporate norms, well we might as well start growing feathers and holding onto our eggs. Chickens are assumed to be stupid creatures but scientists are out there studying the intelligence and emotional responses of chicken to prove that we might be widely mistaken. So do not lose heart in the comparison but keep an open mind.
The animal kingdom regardless how far we think we are from it, is filled with wonderful and eccentric rules. Somehow a balance is maintained in order to make sure that reproduction is optimized and survival sustained. That balance is especially interesting in chicken societies. From ranking systems to what we have come to know as the pecking order, our feathery friends have very peculiar life styles, not to mention the immense powers of the patriarch rooster.
One rooster per flock, and the then the hen hierarchy begins. Reminds you of something? Perhaps not so long ago, this was absolutely normal in our societies and is still extremely real in many human communities around the world.
Modern westernized culture has deemed this system outdated. Hierarchy based on patriarchy enhances sexism, the loss of rights and the reduction in efficiency. In chicken world however, this is what brings you your fried eggs and better yet, the billions of chickens on earth.
Put a rooster in a suit and he can go corporate. Put a chicken in a skirt and she can still go nowhere.
In our modern world, we can notice that many of the previously intensely corporate systems which were marked by their love for roosters, are moving away from the pecking order and into fairer grounds.
How you ask?
The rooster of the firm gets some privileges removed and the underdog hens get a few boosts to their positions. That way superiority based on loyalty and old timer status gets rebutted and then the newly introduced or the youngest might even get the chance to make a difference in the grander scheme.
What happens to those who wish to hold on to their chicken societies?
Well then if we were perfect reflections of our chicken friends, then fighting among the hens would prevail, opportunism and scheming become normalized and rewarded; as per the pecking order, the winning hen gets to move up the rank, and the losing one returns to lower standing.
Although quite bleak and unimaginative, you may think to yourself, this social system appears to be instinctual to chickens, but is it innate to us?
Good question, so why is any of this important?
We have been growing ever more disconnected from other living things. Peering into the world of animals, better yet, many people’s favorite food: CHICKEN, gives us insight into how we live and what we do about it. We find out eventually that we are not so different, we did not invent much, and many of the norms we believe to be ours have actually been learned. Much can be unlearned and improved. Our evolutionary advantage in having advanced cognation and psychology allows us to grow.
The bottom line is that: Humanity is not better, but it ought to be good.