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This is the definition of ‘Elite’ from Wikipedia:
In General, elite means the more capable group of the peoples. The selected part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities.
I would like to argue that this phrase has now come into common use to define a superior group within our species who are somehow better or more qualified to hold the positions they do than the rest of us. I would also argue that to be better or more qualified implies they must have gifts that benefit the rest of us, or else why are they elevated to this dominating position within our Society?
What we are actually defining is a group of people who have skills in the creation and management of wealth, and who apply those narrow skills diligently to protect and grow that wealth and the power that comes with it. This process of protecting and growing comes at a cost to the remainder of Society, who are suppressed from gaining similar rewards for their efforts. If this is the reality, how can they be ‘Elitist’ by the above definition?
The process itself is achieved by sponsoring and directing governments (which the majority have elected to power), to pass laws that benefit them. Whilst this is now a commonly acknowledged practise what is constantly overlooked is that if we had not elected those governments into power in the first place there would be nothing to sponsor or direct. I accept that we elect governments into power from the information we are given, or because of tradition, but in the end it is OUR power that sets in place the means by which the ‘Elite’ manipulate Society for their benefit.
If this power base of government cannot come into force without our compliance then surely it is us that are more capable and superior in abilities with the real power and must therefore be the “Elite”. Our compliance is far more powerful that any amount of money! Sadly however, what is happening at present is that instead of us dictating what government does for our benefit, we hand that power away by not making our presence felt once we have put them in power, and worse . . . governments know this!
We have the tools to take back that power and assume our rightful position as “Elitist” through greater application of our growing skills with social media. This has already been proven with many successes already under our belt across the globe. The ‘Ruling Elite’ believe in themselves first and foremost, and with this self-belief they then use the tools at their disposal. It is time for us now to find that same self-belief within every one of us, in that respect we are no different to the ‘Ruling Elite’. We must now find it, trust in it and use it, the tools are already there.
But also we must find a new phrase for our new found power . . . “Elite” really doesn’t work for me and I don’t think it does for you either!
Until the next time