09 August 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Elitism is a superiority complex that permits one to look down on others less well endowed with the supposed virtue affording it, whether that virtue be wealth, education, family heritage, intelligence, spirituality, moral righteous or whatever. There are many such virtues and it would take pages to catalog them.. The rub of course is that no one can look down on everyone in regard to all of these virtues. Everyone is subordinate in many virtues and dimensions. Intelligence; there is always many smarter; education, always some better educated; wealth, always someone richer; bluebloodiness; always some of bluer blood; artistic, always some more artistic; etc. ad nausium. Worse, elitism in one dimension can create serious baggage along others.
It is all any of us can do to get our own lives well together, sort of, along more than a few of these dimensions or so called virtues. So how can we look down on all the rest and think our views should govern everyone? Only by a sad but faulty rationalization that our virtues are best and all others should be like we are, Denial and ignorance have to control for that view to prevail, yet it does for many. The Koch brothers think their superior wealth and intelligence gives them those rights over other people.
All people in life are on a journey through what they can see are life's virtues. All do what they can. Some do better than others, but all have to sort it out for themselves. Those ahead in that game are always behind yet others on their and others virtues and in no real position to lecture others on what to do or how to proceed. Yet they do. All the time. And they shouldn't The will to mind others' business seem overpowering, but those who want control do insufficiently better over all these virtues than most others and have no right to, except what they assume like the Koches or any other form of preacher.
No one get God rights. No one is adequately virtuously along all dimensions to even get close. Elitism fails in the large and we are all struggling with enough aspects of ourselves to have no right to control or dictate to others.
We just need to be smart enough to realize that.