Korean society determines ranking on all things and measures them according to their rank. This phenomenonhas been seen every year at most enterprises, universities, and even on people themselves. Korea’s education curriculum of twelve years isn't an exception. The rank system is regarded as part of daily life now. Why do we belong to a vertical relationship despite the fact that we are all humans? When does rank become our identity and ego? Let's figure out the answers about these questions.
At one point, the phenomenon to determine ranking came down like a sort of tradition stamped on society. As people were divided into grades and discriminated, they started to struggle in order to receive higher ranking. The thought, that the life that isn't the first place equals the life of a loser forcing us to endeavor to become the first place, has spread widely in our society. In school, for example, the school system arranges the rankings of the children by reflecting their test scores, and some newspapers determine university‘s levels annually based upon which universities received good assessments. Following these situations continually, there are a number of people who feel achievement by increasing their own worthiness and taking the best privileges as a result of their high ranks. As a result, our society has become a society where people consider ranking as the criterion of all things. The prevalence of capitalism is one of the causes for the ranking system. The higher the rank is positioned, the more reward and privilege comes to oneself. For instance, one audition program shows the structure of the ranking system very well. The program named “Produce 101”selects only eleven girls to debut as a girl band among 101 girl group trainees. This program shows a classical hierarchical structure of the pyramid, which determines the ranking from 1stplace to 101st place and divides grades into A,B,C,D, and F. Whenever the program proceeds, the trainees who are located in low rankings are evicted and the trainees who are located in high rankings are kept on the program. It seems that grading people and estimating their identities with ranking through broadcasting shows the Korean ranking system perfectly.
What CAH worries about is that our society is too absorbed in the ranking system that we underestimate others except those with high rank. People possess their own worthiness and pride, even though they are not in the 1st place on a ranking system. For example, there are those who support a high level of sportsmanship who are proud of their fair play. However, it is still very pitiful that in a harsh society, capitalism encourages people to be obsessed with being in 1st place.
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