Exactly! That's why it's a dominance hierarchy. Society teaches that even if you have to accept abuse from above, at least you can prey on those who are weaker or have less status than you. But that's how you get a fucked up, violent, and dysfunctional society.
We're taught that vulnerability is weakness, but there can be no innovation, and no real act of courage without vulnerability. And Brene Brown has studied this for 15 years and, reluctantly, learned this is the truth. She went into it hoping to deconstruct and tame vulnerability and found that it's the key to everything good.
This 20 min. clip from Brown is real, raw, and oh so funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o&t=1s
Her special on Netflix is about an hour and all of the above as well.