I think that if this is the way you feel, and the way that the art you are practicing believes, then that is fine for you. In the arts that I practice, rank is not so much an indicator of ability, as it is an indicator of responsibility. In the traditional Japanese arts, if you work hard for many years and take the appropriate steps, you will gain the appropriate ranks, and will be expected to assume the appropriate responsibilities. I know many that have not advanced in rank. They are highly skilled but, for various reasons, were not able to assume the added responsibilities of higher rank. Therefore, they did not attempt to gain higher rank.Would I ever accept a promotion from anyone again? I came to the conclusion that I would not. The reason being is that it is not the paper but your knowledge and in some way i would feel I am betraying him.
Every art, and every branch of said arts, is different in their approach and outlook. It is pretty much impossible to think that a single way of thinking can apply across all the arts. Of course, that's what makes it a good topic of conversation in my opinion!