• Muhammad Hamza Shah

Hierarchies (Part - I)

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

Despite the disdain associated with them, hierarchical ideologies remain deeply ingrained in the framework of contemporary society. In South Asian communities, these hierarchies often manifest themselves in the form of envious feelings harboured against the privileges held by those in different "sects". However, contrary to popular belief, these feelings aren't always representative of upward social mobility, where a person wants to achieve the same feat as those "above" him. In fact, a bi-directional movement is seen with regards to some hierarchies concentrated at a higher level.

A recent interview with an old friend, who is now a well-acclaimed teenage musician, can be used to explain the phenomenon. Throughout this interview, he delved into a series of issues he has had to face with the so-called class system that prevails in his country. I am sharing an excerpt from the conversation which highlights the issue in a more comprehensible context.

"I can't begin to tell you how much hatred I have had to face from pompous popular adult musicians, purely because I got an early break in the competitive music industry. I am at a point in life where I feel, being in the public eye is much less of a gift I had made it out to be. Maybe I was better off as a struggling music aspirant."

Now he didn't hint to the probable existence of a hierarchy here; however, he does seem to be expressing his disapproval of some adult musicians and, "coveting" his time as a juvenile artist. *emphasis on the words underlined*.

Interestingly, this person received an equal amount of criticism from struggling artists (and that too, publicly). Yet he doesn't seem to be unnerved by those remarks. Not only this, but these encounters could have easily inspired him to make a solid ground in the industry and convince those around him that he genuinely wants to pursue a career in music. In contrast, he remains insistent that he was probably better off as a person still struggling to get his big break. The psychological stigma of competitiveness can be factored in as well but doesn't point towards the egregious nature of human emotions.

Ideally, this could be explained by internalisation of hierarchical fundamentals passed down to us by earlier settlements. Early fixation on these ... (To Be Continued)

~ Muhammad Hamza Shah

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