Ellipsis Omnibus

Disillusioned but not disenchanted…


Throughout the history of mankind, people have constantly sought to achieve a higher status in life. Along with this desire to achieve a higher status naturally comes the desire to display that status, after all, the status in itself is a social thing and unless it can be seen by the individuals fellows in society then the individual is not fully utilizing that status. The ways of demonstrating an individual’s status has not changed much over the years in the practical sense, though it has changed in superficial appearance and even now for the modern world the chief ways of demonstrating one’s status is through the use of titles, material objects to augment the individual’s appearance (including uniforms), and through demonstrations of the influence accompanying the individual’s status.

The first of these is titles. Titles have been a major part of history for quite some time and continue to function today. In the past titles such as ‘duke’, ‘prince’, ‘baron’, ‘lord’ and the like allowed an individual to demonstrate their status – today although the use of those particular titles is very slim, they have been replaced by other status titles: titles such as ‘Doctor’, ‘Professor’, ‘President’, ‘Chairman’ or ‘Officer’. The second way of this demonstration is through altering one’s appearance and/or surroundings. This may be by buying a large house to display their economic status or it may be by dressing in a particular suite or wearing fancy jewelry, all ways which have also been employed in the past. Along these same lines is the uniform. This has stayed somewhat a constant with such outfits as military uniforms, police uniforms, the robes of clergy, and the recent addition of a doctors coat (this can also demonstrate a lower place in society through such things as a janitors uniform). The last way in which an individual may demonstrate their place in society is through exercising the influence of their given status. For a military member this may be by giving orders to those lower in the hierarchy. For policemen this may be giving out speeding tickets or exercising their authority in other ways.

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