Animals fight over two key things: status and territory . Once the pecking order has been established, though, most colony members will respect it more or less because they know that a hierarchical setup means their best chance of peace This is also true of most offices: There's rarely a challenge to the boss's authority, no matter how draconian or unpopular he or she might be This is because humans fear rocking the boat more than they fear living in a way that is unpleasant for them The same fear affects politics No matter how unpopular a leader might be, the fact that he is the leader makes him hard to unseat. Rival parties know that as much as people like to moan or vote against them at local elections as a "warning shot," when it comes to getting the leader out, the fear factor has to be taken into the equation.
Family setups are more prone to status challenges because once the kids are reared to the point where they can survive by themselves parental authority becomes virtually invalid "Because I said so" or "Because you do what I say while you're under my roof" are verbal power tactics heard in houses across the land, but they're usually little more than bluff When the child is more determined and fearless than the parent (and possibly bigger and stronger, too) there are very few ways to keep the child in check
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