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Hard-Working or Elitist?
I'm curious why certain individuals are labeled as elitist, while others are lauded for how hard-working they have been to earn their fortunes. In America, I think people generally have a fair amount of mistrust for any group that they feel wields too much power. The Elitism label is one I see tossed around frequently, though, and it's almost always attached to liberal academic elites.
I guess the bigger question here is why do we regard academics- professors, scientists, and the like - as these snobby elitists?
Why do we regard business owners as hard-workers?
I don't have statistics to measure it, but it seems that a reasonably attentive person with a fair amount of drive can have some success in either department.
Now, I have something not very politically correct to say: I think that part of it is that people don't feel like they can succeed in the academic realm. Think about it - most people dislike school. And part of that needs to be addressed by the people who run the education system. But, in general, I think a person gains a higher amount of respect for being a corporate executive than a senior professor, more respect for being a middle manager than a laboratory scientist, more respect certainly for being just about anything than for being a teacher.
Succeeding in academics requires a lot of hard work and dedication, just the same as succeeding in any other arena of life. Let's have some thoughts!