Over the past six years we've gotten more email on one topic than any other: elitism.
Most modern people are trained to deconstruct anything but their assumptions, and so they use their assumptions to war against any ethos that believes in anything other than their assumptions. Tautological? Like a viral skin.
People assume that elitism is practiced here how they'd practice it, which is a Mensa-style self-congratulatory ego accessory. Our message is actually quite different.
Elitism means recognizing that everything in life is cheap. Human life is cheap, and it keeps coming, so it has no value. Sex is cheap, because it's easily had. Ditto drugs. Same with comfy houses and sofas and all the videogames, movies, porno and infotainment you can watch. All of this stuff comes out of modern society like toothpaste from a tube, unendingly. It's not worth a damn thing.
Something done really well, on the other hand, stands far above the mess and makes everyone's lives better. When we say we are elitist, we mean that because we recognize everything is cheap except excellence, we don't misuse the term excellent. We reserve it for that which rises far above the cheap.
Most people now use the term excellent to mean something that pleases them because it has the right amounts of surface factors and appearance ingredients. "The dinner I had last night was excellent" has come to mean that it had all of the comfortable foods we like, not that it was created incredibly well. Same way when people talk vociferously about their favorite black metal and emo bands, when they say excellent they mean it's in a style they wanted this week. They're not thinking about quality, or how efficiently and gracefully it was put together.
Elitists stand against this trend. We reward with the condition "excellent" only that which is really exceptional and well done, regardless of that around it. We don't compare on the level of this week, but on the level of history. If your book, CD, society or idea cannot stand up to the ancients, it's OK, but we're not going to fall all over it.
Our entire society has been designed around the idea that if we stop inequality, by praising as excellent the mediocre, we can make everyone "feel" good and so we'll end crime, wars, hate, and all bad things because obviously those have an origin in human feelings. Obviously, because it can't have anything to do with the paths through destiny we each have composed 80% of our genetics and 20% of our context. We're not born to run, in the modern view, but it must be because our TV wasn't large enough, or no one told us how "excellent" our CD-R black metal band was. Elitists buck this trend, and it's why 99.9% of what you hear about elitists will be wrong because it is designed to make elitists look bad.
Even most people who think they are elitists are not. They are egomaniacs.
Our view is that any person can appreciate elitism, even if that person is brick stupid. A classic Slayer album will always be better than anything a metalcore band has ever done, because the quality is far better. More thought went into it, of a broader nature and with actual goals in mind, and it turned out better; metalcore, like other trends, is following an external standard with no idea why. It's brainless. The average person may not know these reasons, but they will appreciate the better album more if given the absence of social pressures.
When we say we are elitists, it is not to confer the idea that we are an elite -- we do not address or answer that question. It is to say that we recognize how cheap things in life are, and how someone putting together a band and recording an album does not necessarily make it worth our time or anyone's time. We believe that eliminating stuff that is not worth spending time on makes life better for everyone, including the brick-stupid.
For every group that sets forth a proposition, there will be parasites who imitate it like simians but do not understand it. The guys pretending to be elitists give elitism a bad name, but we don't want to support that behavior here. We want a safe place for people to appreciate the idea that only the excellent matters.
Everything else is chatter.