A couple of days ago, a gentleman came to my door asking for my signature, which would help put the matter of banning the single-use plastic bag on an upcoming ballot. Of course, I signed it, and the gentleman went on his way.
After he left, I thought to myself, who in their right mind wouldn’t sign such a petition?
Well, apparently there are those who won’t sign it. I call these folks elitists, and I cannot think of a clearer illustration of the elitist mentality.
An elitist is someone who believes that they know better than everyone else. So, an elitist would not want the public to decide what’s best for the public. The elitist knows best. He or she doesn’t want the matter put to a vote, because, perhaps as they see it, the public is too stupid to make its own decisions.
Accordingly, an elitist is the very antithesis of someone who believes in democracy, which requires some level of trust in the average John Q Public.
So the next time someone comes to your door asking you to help put a matter on the ballot, think about elitism, democracy, and on which side of the fence you are.