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How The Elite Live: Is the Lifestyle Worth It?

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Preston Waters

There are people who look good. Then, there are people who look really, really good. These are the elite, the few society has anonymously  selected to walk the streets to be looked up to by the average-Joe.

They seem to resemble strategically composed works of art as opposed to people, not only with their appearance but also with their graceful, regal lifestyle seemingly void of imperfection.

However, what on-lookers don’t see is that there is a form of imperfection only visible to those who can truly gaze into the inner workings of this social class, and from this point of view it’s almost as if this lavish lifestyle isn’t worth the internal suffering it causes in turn.

Growing up in what was once ranked as one of the poshest NYC neighborhoods, being exposed to a stage set for cheating spouses  makes me no stranger to the perks and downsides of living amongst the elite.
It is easy to be blinded by the flaws when the perquisites are so grand. Many fail to see past the luminous pearl white BMW M3 Coupe parked in the driveway or the Burberry camel hair topcoat draped over the mahogany staircase.

While being amongst their company provides an indescribable sensation beware of the falsity of actual companionship,  as quickly as fashion fads come and go, you are indispensable as a last season Louis Vuitton.
At what point does this money-oriented culture take precedent over a society based on ethics, compassion and morals? What should concern us about this growing epidemic? We need to take precaution over what is being taught, over which aspects of our lives are made into priorities and which are displaced and forgotten.

Living in such a materialistic society, it is vital to stress the importance of our youth not losing touch with reality, as well as what is truly meaningful in life. While this article may come off as a blow to the privileged, it most certainly is not. Instead, think of it as a guideline for the dim-witted, those who are easily blinded by the glamorous benefits of abandoning integrity in exchange for the fallacious image of personal value and success.

Everyone has been jealous before, those who say they are not are sadly in denial. Simply reminisce on your younger years and the town in which you resided. Everyone has that ideal family in their town.

These families have the most lavish residence in the neighborhood, accompanied by a driveway that looks like a luxurious automobile dealership. No matter how high the level of jealousy this type of appearance may inflict, always remember nothing is what it seems.

What you do not see is the dynamic of the household, such as how little these people say to each other when they are at home. What you do not know is that the parents in such households have not slept in the same bed for years. Is this the lifestyle that deserves to envied? Is this a price worth paying just to look good?

The lesson is to be wary of your first reaction to your surroundings. Always be cautious as to who makes the cut into your innermost associates. These days it is becoming increasingly intricate to know whom to trust. One source of this issue is the growing prioritization of a materialistic and egotistical lifestyle. Desire causes people to form a distorted reality. People wind up getting too caught up and losing whom they really are, forgetting who they really care about.

The most valuable relationships rich people tend to have is with their possessions, and because of this they treat their own family like possessions. They look like possessions and act like possessions in return, attractive to the mind only for their appearance and lacking the fulfillment a friend can instill by addressing a person what is on the inside instead of just complementing what is on the outside.

The aforementioned jealousy will make the way you look seem like it is simply all that matters, that is all you need to get the things the natural drive to give off the elitist impression makes you desire. Yet for every gain made, there is one lost from the life previously perceived as empty, a life that that should be treasured for the hunger for something more than just the need to appear content.

Think of it this way: when you see someone who instills feelings of jealousy, do you like them as a person or do you like what they have? This thought of being disliked by most who pass by should get across the reason behind ignoring the material desires of humanity.

People are more valuable then any expensive possession, and to gain the latter is to lose the former. The elite may seem like they matter a lot as a lifestyle goal, but what they do not matter to is most important: each other.

Elite. 

Preston Waters

Preston Waters

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