Before obliging to fully expound upon pile classification and exemplification, it may be wise to utilize a contrasting object as an elementary point of reference. Namely, a shape and attitude distinguished as 'stacks.' By placing piles on one side and stacks on the opposing end of some all encompassing spectrum, we invite the reader to join us in polarized simplifications of both concepts as a means to an end; a greater contextual understanding of both. For establishing basic distinction between stacks and piles is to be an act of clarification and importance – if only for the fact that significant sized pages ahead revolve around such understandings.
For all general purposes, stacks can be conceived as: right-angle oriented and organized managements of preferably homogeneous items, as to achieve maximum order and efficiency. As vernacular might indicate, the conception of stacks is heavily rooted in the persistence of capitalism. Precisely, stacks are tools, or better yet weapons of capitalism. Mere man-made structures of conformity seeking to reconstitute the unquantifiable traits of nature that piles so beautifully exhibit. (Note: like its contrasting pile partner, the term stack may signify an idea or verb, as well as object.)
Providing examples of stacks is all too easy, their orderliness persistently flooding our physical encounters and imagined geographies. Nevertheless common stacks include: ranking systems (schools, sports, and salaries alike), architectural elements (bricks and multi-floored structures), books (including
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