reply to post by Raxoxane
Thanks OP - I believe I understand your sentiments.
I, personally, would say that it takes all kinds to make the world.
And we make others "elite." No one can claim "I'm elite" without immediately being laughed at.
I think, there are people who are the "salt of the earth" and the "good hearted" and there may be some people who have come here to represent a life
that wakes others of us up to what we want and don't want - via secondhand knowledge. Be it infamy or too many mouths to feed, or loneliness or
cancer… And to be fair, the elite get to do all of this too.
There are a few people who are excellent in their trade, work hard and get rich and become elite, and get famous, and give money, and make others want
to follow in their footsteps.
There are more people who are excellent in their trade, work hard and don't get rich and do well and are happy. I'd say they were elite in my book
because of their excellence and grounded nature.
There are people who are just fine or mediocre, don't work more than they need to, have many interests and do fine. They certainly have their
"thing" and if they find it that is best. Are they elite though? Do they have to be for you to make these lives on Earth worthwhile?
There are people who are not doing fine, can't work enough, can't contribute how they want to the world but still do perhaps by bringing out the
humanity of others through connection to their plight. Are they elite? Some may be. Some may be excellent at awakening society. Look at how many
people that woman in the car has already touched?
I think elite does inherently have to be special. It has to be noted "as shining in a crowd"
I don't think money is what makes it so. Just as beauty doesn't. There are so many very rich people who are so off they would not be considered
elite. And so many that most would not consider beautiful. And so many, often rich offspring, that never find what they're "excellent" at.
The mother example you have is elite not because they're not rich, but because they are shining. How many people in the US give birth, homeless, in
the hollow of a car and when asked, see the bright future for their baby? Very few is my guess. We may cynically think of drug addicts and neglect -
and yet our hearts want the best for the mother and child and we make them elite.
The lady giving to her sister is, in my opinion, normal. You don't need to be rich to give to your family in need. You just need to be richer than
the one in need. It's actually one excellent reason to make some extra money. Just make sure that when you give it 1) you don't want it back and
ideally 2) they put it to use towards being more sustainable themselves.
Nobody feels great, taking money.
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