«If a Martian came down to Earth and watched television, he’d come to the conclusion that all the world’s society is based on Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. He’d be amazed that our society hasn’t collapsed.» – Michio Kaku

The usual vision we have about the “elite”, a supposedly dangerous group of enlightened people who want to enslave the others, more fragile members of the society, must be revised. Certainly, there is this supposedly “elite”, but this is a political myth belonging to the political arsenal used by liberal capitalism. That supposedly “elite” has a lot of importance due to their political decisions and financial power, no doubts about it. However, what they do is plainly stupid (included to assume to belong to the “elite”). I am talking here about the need of an elite, a group of people who lead society to its achievement, leads society to education, dare to defy irrational conventions, possess a high degree of abstract or practical knowledge, the knowledge that needs a profound effort and continuous dedication to master. This elite is disappearing, a sign of the decadence of our societies, as it was a sign of the decadence of the powerful and magnificent Ancient Egypt. This magnificent civilization born at the border of the Nile had its gods and goddesses, mummification, rulers, pyramids, temples, time, trade, and writing, a secret knowledge from where Greeks (like Plato and others) obtained the ability to progress by themselves, too. Hermes Trismegistus, the reputed father of Alchemy, complain about corruption, lack of education, among major factors that have driven ancient Egypt to decadence and to the end of that great civilization. Certainly, it was due to a lack of people prepared to accomplish complex tasks, among wars, the traditional tool used by the political “elite” (and the “enlightened elite” that surrounds them) to invade and destroy organized societies like the (opportunistic) plague…

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And there is this insensate tendency to glorify the fast and young runners,  like Mark Zuckerberg, that despite his enormous success is not exactly a role model, is not a legendary personality as it is now considered Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. The rapid success of smart and young people doesn’t inspire the majority of us. In fact, they intimidate the rest of us. Before, in Silicon Valley, the role models were late bloomers as we may say now and tinkerers. For example, «Billy Hewlett barely got into college; Steve Jobs and Bill Gates dropped out of college; Andy Grove went to City College of New York.»[citing Forbes, {1}].

Besides this issue of temporality, our societies show signs of weakness when allowing its elite, their genius, dies in a shocking way, completely oblivious of their crucial contributions to civilization. I am talking about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a musical genius that dies on 5 December 1791 at the age of 35, in circumstances that still today are discussed since the outcome is astounding. His dead body was thrown to the common graveyard, abandoned by all, even the undertaker. And what about Evariste Galois, the genial French mathematician, dead 31 May 1832 at age 20 from wounds suffered in a duel?

Mozart was conscious of his fate: ‘Did I not say before, that I was writing this Requiem for myself?’ After saying this, he looked yet again with tears in his eyes through the whole work. (see Wiki)

So, my question is this: why the true genius is so badly treated by society? Isn’t there a need of a (true) elite? What else is necessary to our leaders understand it?

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{1} Later Bloomers are in peril

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