“Every act of rebellion expresses… an appeal to the essence of being” — Albert Camus.
Hierarchies serve an essential function: to pass knowledge down from those who know more, and have more experience, skill, understanding, and wisdom, to those who have less. This is the same, whether it is a martial arts school, a fraternity such as Freemasonry, or an esoteric society, etc.
But hierarchies can become stuck. The members of the group end up worshipping — or at least deferring to — the positions, officers, titles, etc., that are above them in the hierarchy, rather than being actively involved in the work, which becomes subsidiary.
When that happens, the group begins to focus on the “business” of the group, holding meetings to arrange other meetings, and so on.
However, functioning hierarchies foster a spirit of rebellion. But, crucially, this rebellion is not against the hierarchy, but, rather, for it, and in support of it. It is a rebellion against one’s own lethargy, and one’s own lowly place. The functioning hierarchy, in other words, cultivates the realization that the point of the structure is to encourage growth. And it cultivates that dynamism of spirit that ensures its members will take initiative and will contribute, rather than deferring to those above.
The functioning hierarchy encourages its members to move through it, not just for oneself, but for the good of all of its members, so that higher levels of knowledge are preserved and so that there are more people who can pass knowledge and skill down.
Despite the jargon they often speak in, today’s critics and rebels bring nothing either new or deep.
The answer is not to rebel against, but to rebel for something.
This is difficult. It will require studying the things — and perhaps even the people — you dislike and asking yourself what good there is in them. It will mean asking, and finding out, where you were wrong. With the good you find, cultivate yourself.
If you are part of a group or society, rebel: take the initiative and contribute positively. Teach yourself, teach others, use your skills and talents to improve things.