The elite mentality is not specific to the wealthy class. There are those richest in society who believe in equality, as well as those who do not. There are middle-class people who support the elite mentality, as there are working-class people who submit to the same view.
The elite mentality is the belief in the privilege of a group of people based on wealth and/or social status, that in a society there exists the superior and the inferior.
When the ban on alcohol sales was lifted and news footage showed working class vendors fighting over cases of alcohol at a supermarket, the elite mentality was flabbergasted:
“These poor people. No responsibility. Give them some freedom and they act like children.”
The elite mentality, let’s call it EM, couldn’t understand that when you live hand-to-mouth and day-to-day, when your source of income was denied for one month, you become desperate. COVID-19 isn’t your worry, feeding your family is.
EM couldn’t comprehend that when government measures are arbitrary, the people’s natural instinct is to save themselves, even if risking social distance rule to stockpile a product that they can sell in order to feed their family, before it might be banned again.
EM couldn’t fathom that chaos is the consequence of poor planning by the government.
So EM passed judgement while relaxing in an air-conditioned room, feasting on delivered gourmet food and sipping on a glass of wine (because what’s the point of having an elite mentality without also having the connections to get alcohol even during the ban).
EM sighed in disgust at these poor people, while checking the clock to see when the personal trainer would arrive for a workout session in the back garden.
“Still got 30 minutes,” EM thought. “Let’s call up some friends and schedule golf for tomorrow.”
Even with that comforting thought, EM couldn’t help but to shake his head in disappointment, remembering how poor people stormed the Finance Ministry to ask for 5,000 baht.
“It’s their own fault. If they had worked hard and made something of themselves, they wouldn’t be in this situation,” EM reflected on the meaning of existence, while gazing at the trust fund account on the mobile app, feeling comfort in the fruits of his parent’s hard work.
Sometimes, EM would just stare at the bank account, it’s a happy feeling. Quite therapeutic as well, whenever EM feels sad and down. Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s better to be rich and sad, than poor and sad.
EM chuckled softly at his profoundness, thinking, “These poor people, some should just die out. Let natural selection take its course.”
EM then told the maid to prepare the golf set and to tell the chauffeur not to forget to put it in the car for tomorrow.
“Thank you, na ja,” EM said to the maid.
EM is proud to be polite, speaking nicely to the help is a good thing. One must offer kindness to the inferior, they would be thankful for it. Superior and benevolent, it’s simply gentlemanly.
The maid nodded respectfully from her kneeling position on the floor. Getting up and bending forward to make sure her head was never higher than EM’s head, she scurried off to perform her tasks.
EM’s gaze followed her, as he contemplated, “That’s why I keep saying, three votes for us, one vote for them. They just don’t have the IQ for democracy.”
All in all, EM is thankful for those middle and working class people who support and fight for his privileges. With them, EM is secured in his position. After all, there are the good peasants and the bad peasants, we must categorize them appropriately.
EM is not entirely clueless, he knows the government has got serious issues. He just doesn’t want to criticize the government, because friends and business connections would frown upon it. EM isn’t about to jeopardize even a fraction of his status and lifestyle for the poor.
Therefore, EM chooses his own tribe over the country. After all, “betraying your social class” is still a thing in this land, doesn’t matter if it’s the year 2020, not 1820.
This is just the way life is, EM understands well. Good karma. Bad karma. Your lot in the past life dictates your luck in this life. That’s why often EM would make merits to ensure that in the next incarnation, he would still have a big trust fund.
For example, he would go to the river to buy captured fish and birds from poor people, in order to release the captured fish into the water and the captured birds into the sky, giving them freedom. Then poor people would capture the fish and the birds to sell them to EM again the next time, so EM can set them free again.
Rinse and repeat.
Such is the circle of life in Siam Land.