The virtue of excellence
A person who has always been high-status has little reason to entertain theories that call into question the legitimacy of the status quo; a low-status person is very willing to believe such theories. One exception, though, is people who were once low status and now wield power. Such people could be expected to have emotional reactions to status that carry over from their low-status days, and push back against the common status displays. Many startups cultivate a non-hierarchical structure, and though you could explain this away as a signal of power and nonconformism by their CEOs, I think part of it does arise from a deep-seated distrust of status differentials.
Status exists upon multiple axes. People who are high status in one hierarchy are extremely motivated to call out other status hierarchies (e.g. kings calling out priestly status, feminist professors calling out the status of dead white men, etc).Less frequently, people also call out their own status hierarchy, and even status itself, but frequently this is a (paradoxical) bid for status.
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