The Conceited

The words “the elite,” or “the experts,” are often utilized in the mainstream media. The words can be utilized derogatorily, or praiseworthily, often depending on the particular writer’s political proclivities. I say both “the elite,” and “the experts,” should be referred to as “The Conceited,” as described in these lines from Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book August 1914.

“Who is conceited enough to imagine that he can actually devise ideal institutions? The only people who think they can are those who believe that nothing significant was ever done before their own time, that their generation will be the first to achieve anything worthwhile, people who are convinced that only they and their current idols possess the truth, and that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is a fool or a knave.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1972, pg. 409

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