Exclusive and elite
"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive." - Mahatma Gandhi
In this life people seek to stand out, to stand above all the others we see, some of this is good, when we strive to be the best we can be, some of it bad, when we attempt to bring others down or when we form exclusive or elite cliques.
"Every individual who is not creative has a negative, narrow, exclusive taste and succeeds in depriving creative being of its energy and life" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Too often we gather in our little isolated groups, and we stop growing, we laugh about how much better we are than them and we do not see how much we lost in doing so, everyone has something to bring to us if we only see it and learn.
"Every clique is a refuge for incompetence. It fosters corruption and disloyalty, it begets cowardice, and consequently is a burden upon and a drawback to the progress of the country. Its instincts and actions are those of the pack." - Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
Within the lifestyle this takes many forms, the leadership groups of many organizations, the dungeon play crowds, the chat room elitists, but it serves no positive purpose, there is a difference between protecting your own and using a group to promote yourself. We seek to perform a particular way to fit in with the clique and it makes us unhappy because we are not true to ourselves.
"Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
27 Jul 2007 14:23:56
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