There is greatness and then there is nepotism.
There are creators and then there are elitists.
There are those who raise themselves to high places by virtue of merit and achievement… and there are those who assume status by chance of birth or affiliation.
Creators achieve genuine prestige by building things that add value to the world. Genuine prestige is a product of genuine accomplishments.
Through impressive works, one gains the earnest respect of those whose respect is really worth something. That is – the respect of other creators… as opposed to the false honors given to elitists by useful idiots and parasitic social climbers.
The amount of esteem you’ll gain from impressing quality people can be roughly equated by dividing the results (fruits of your works) by the amount of bullshit you had to shovel at your audience or customer in order to get there.
That is – your fortune or status being independently supported by its own exceptionalism, versus it being pedestaled falsely atop a mountain of flash, hype and contrived credentialism.
Creators are not impressed by credentials. Too often the value signaled by the credential exceeds the content value. Only elitists sell status over substance.
Elitists Are Failed Creators
Elitists are not especially interested in the merit of creative achievement itself, but rather in perceived merit as a status symbol.
High esteem for an elitist is a royalty. It is something bestowed on them by an exclusive club… rather than an organically grown reward for determined greatness.
This confusion may be ignorant or intentional. An elitist may have been born into powerful circles or have clawed his way into them. But in either case he surrounds himself with people who share the elitist mentality: that greatness and prestige are not the product of works per se, but rather the faith one puts into the system issuing elite credentials.
This mentality exposes itself as a fixation on class, title, accolade, affiliation, surname, net-worth, university, neighborhood, home equity, country club, luxury auto etc.
Faith in these status indicators take precedence over the substance that allegedly defined that status in the first place. It is a classic case of mistaking the map for the territory… to borrow the old NLP maxim.
Now, there are plenty of people with elitist attitudes who have also achieved great works… but the attitude usually only shows up if the person feels their status, fame or fortune is slipping somehow. Or if some inadequacy is otherwise imagined. In which case they show their teeth and cling to the credentials for dear life.
But an honest creator who is satisfied with his works and life cannot be anything but humble.
Less of course he is a sociopath or intentionally putting on a show of his persona for fun or promotion. Merely pumping the ego for enthusiasm and motivation is not a transgression from humility.
The true elitist however sneers at all those who aren’t part of the club. Rather than being inspired by great works, elitists are threatened by them. Rather than finding strength in exceptional creators, elitists grind their ax with envy.
Indeed, nothing makes an elitist feel smaller than standing next to a humble creator of self-made greatness. Naked contrast exposes the joke that is their lauded credentialism.
The creator shy’s away from credentials and official honors, because he is already self-affirmed and places little value in plaques and titles. The elitist rather depends on them for ego validation.
This guarantees that accolades and credentials are handed down almost exclusively from one elitist to another elitist in one big cartoon circle-jerk. Great works speaks for themselves… any credential assigned to it will only act to diminish its exceptionalism.
And just the same – no one is impressed by an expensive home, a luxury auto or a trophy wife except for other elitists… or poor fools amassing debt trying ape them.
To the rest of us, wealth and fancy things all look a bit clownish around a man who has nothing else to be proud of besides his money. It’s like dressing up a chicken nugget with caviar and truffles.
The creator is secretly admired by everyone, while the elitist is quietly despised.
In sacrificing the respect of his contemporaries, and humiliating his ancestors by failing to create and evolve, the elitist dooms himself to suffer the company of fools and other elitists who are as spiritually bankrupt and emotionally disingenuous as himself.
It becomes impossible for the elitists to attract authentic people into their lives.
Here is the problem though – while the creators are shaping the future, the elitists are running the world.
The creators are too busy building to get involved politically, so the political arena turns out an incestuous rat’s nest of elitist social climbers. Virtually none of whom are the best and the brightest.
And because politics dominate not only governments, but also corporations and institutions, the elitist mentality tends to dominate as well.
So then, the so-called ‘power elite’ are only interested in enabling the best ideas and people so long as it doesn’t threaten the system they depend on for wealth, power and validation.
Because the elitists’ greatest virtue is exclusive tribalism, their entire self-image and livelihood relies on faith in their special clubs. The system has given them everything and so a disruption of that system can so easily take it all away.
They’ve been floating a toy-boat of substance on an ocean of liquid bullshit. So outside the system, they can offer no real value to the world that will cement their elite status.
This is the catalyst in which revolutions are formed – when an enlightenment’s time has come and the royals can no suppress the tides of change.