Elitism is an attitude of superiority that lifts some people up while demeaning others. Racism is speaking, acting, or thinking negatively about someone else solely based on their color, class, or culture. Elitism and Racism are siblings. Their parents are Evil and Sin. Anybody, no matter their color, class, or culture, can be an elitist or racist. No one has a monopoly on either.
Both involve mindsets that use illegitimate criteria by which to judge people. Mister Fred Rogers once said, “I think those that who would try to make you feel less than who you are … I think that’s the greatest evil.” Both involve mindsets that try to make someone feel better about themselves at the expense of someone else. They are the greatest evil.
They discriminate against people based on false conclusions and distorted worldviews, making some superior and others inferior. They make irrational distinctions among people based on color, class, or culture. Both serve to kill unity, rather than to unite.
The best way to eradicate Elitism and Racism is by fostering Love, Humility, and Forgiveness in the minds and hearts of humans. We have to reframe our daily interactions with each other to eliminate snap judgments. Snap reactions seem to dictate our pace of life these days. The antidote to snap judgment is self-control.
It’s Not About You. Your time is not yours.
Growing in self-control is crucial if we are to frame the world correctly. Our reactions are linked to our framing, and they often reveal subtle subconscious assumptions in our minds. If you’re easily irritated or angered, then usually what produces it is a snap judgment, a misfortune to you conceive as an injury to yourself. You feel angry because a legitimate claim against you has been denied. What’s your framing? Hardship as a violation of a claim. Nothing throws you into a passion so easily as a tract of time unexpectedly taken from you. You become irritated because you regard your time as your own and feel it’s being stolen. That is the subconscious assumption, “My time is my own.” Therefore, reframing our view of time is essential in growing in self-control and shaping ourselves to be less self-centered. This reframing will allow us to grow in humility and value others above ourselves. Understanding “your time is not yours” and “it’s not about you” is the key to unlocking the antidote.
Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind.
To reframe your view of time, awareness of the daily patterns shaping your framing is important. A useful tool to help you do that is scripture. In the Bible, Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” In other words, don’t frame reality the way the world frames reality. Its pattern is not to be your pattern. Instead, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Reading scripture fills your mind with God’s Word, which empowers your mind to be renewed and your reality to be framed correctly, i.e. the way God wants it to be framed.