"Most is best."

Putting people in their place
the wrong way

non-paramteric rank order
Who is most skilled?
Who is the best auto repairman?
Who is the best computer programmer?
Who is most intelligent?
Who is the fastest runner (marathon)?
Who remembers the most?
Who is the fastest runner (sprint)?
Who remembers the longest?
Who deserves the most reward?
Who can lift the most weight (dead lift)?
Who recalls the quickest?
 Who got the most money?
 Who can lift the most weight (bench press)?
Who recalls the most appropriately?
Who helped society the most?
  Who has the most followers (by charm)?
Who best understands what's recalled?
Who helped his family the most?
 Who has the most followers (thru trust)?
Who best discovers unsuspected solutions?
Who helped his company the most?
 Who has the most followers (by force)?
 Who best discovers unsuspected errors?
Who helped his community the most?
 Who best resolves society's instabilities?
Who helped the future the most?
 Who sounds the most intelligent?
Who else contributed to the helping?
How should rewards be distriburted?
How can a reward be turned on its head?

If people are imagined to be in a line
according to their their value...
the many, many different ways they really are valuable
are hopelessly confused one with another.

Very many dimensions are needed to visualize human value.
And even then, the picture is oversimplified until we see the abstract difference between a vector and a tensor.

Physicists always have a habit of taking the simplest example of any phenomenon and calling it "physics," leaving the more complicated examples to become the concern of other fields...since most of you are not going to become physicists, but are going to go into the real world...sooner or later you will need to use tensors.
Richard Feynman
in The Feynman Lectures on Physics, II p 31-1
Feynman was famous for his ability to see things others didn't.  This observation of Feynman's probably means very little to virtually everybody.  Yet, what Feynman saw is actually a route out of very many of society's troubling problems.  Several of the first Nobel Prizes in economics went to people who followed this route.  It's a very simple insight.  But it's an insight that goes pervasively, persistently, and perniciously unseen.

Comparitives and superlatives almost never mean what they are seen to mean.

"I have learned that a man has the right to look down on another only when he has to help the other get to his feet."