The SSH, in Spergish

VD's challenge

In a post at Alpha Game, VD claims that spergmode cannot comprehend the Socio-Sexual Hierarchy (SSH). He writes that spergs "inevitably try to take a practical system that is dynamic, relative, and fractal, and turn it into something immutable and inflexible that they can understand."

Challenge accepted! Let's turn the "dynamic, relative, and fractal" into the "immutable and inflexible".

Euclidean geometry

As usual, there's a math for that. The world of Euclidean geometry is also dynamic, relative and fractal. One can practically generalize about circles, squares and triangles - doing so forms a cornerstone of undergraduate education. Five postulates suffice to summarize the space:

Euclid's Postulates

  1. A straight line segment can be drawn joining any two points.

  2. Any straight line segment can be extended indefinitely in a straight line.

  3. Given any straight line segment, a circle can be drawn having the segment as radius and one endpoint as center.

  4. All right angles are congruent.

  5. If two lines are drawn which intersect a third in such a way that the sum of the inner angles on one side is less than two right angles, then the two lines inevitably must intersect each other on that side if extended far enough. This postulate is equivalent to what is known as the parallel postulate.

Euclid's fifth postulate cannot be proven as a theorem, although this was attempted by many people. Euclid himself used only the first four postulates ("absolute geometry") for the first 28 propositions of the Elements, but was forced to invoke the parallel postulate on the 29th. In 1823, Janos Bolyai and Nicolai Lobachevsky independently realized that entirely self-consistent "non-Euclidean geometries" could be created in which the parallel postulate did not hold. (Gauss had also discovered but suppressed the existence of non-Euclidean geometries.)

The SSH's 5 postulates

Analogously, here are the NT SSH's 5 postulates:

  1. Neurotypical hierarchical autosort has a limited number of bins. Society sorts by them. Bin populations exhibit describable tendencies.

  2. Each bin has a minimum neurotypical virtue threshold. Alpha highest; omega zero. Thresholds vary by fractal level.

  3. Tremendous competition exists to define the sorting algorithm. Major fault lines: honor-dishonor, hierarchy-flat, dominance-prestige.

  4. Nevertheless, status is constantly and objectively mediated by aggregate group body language, which is legible inter-species, let alone intra-species.

  5. Given time and a somewhat even playing field, situational rank approaches innate rank. Stone-age tribes are even playing fields.

Like its mathematical inspiration, the fifth postulate cannot be proven, opening the door to alternate social realities. The sociosexual equivalent of non-Euclidean geometry is Thal separatism. Change the majority membership of the tribe, and you've changed the definition of neurotypical, thus changing the sorting algorithm.

Most Thals would gain one rank simply by segregating. For example, a gamma would be able to function normally in the hierarchy of men, getting a free promotion to delta. An omega would likely be included. A delta would begin to lead. A beta would find himself able to stomach the alpha role.

If one finds oneself a despised minority, do what minorities do:

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
— 2 Corinthians 6:17 KJV