The downside of Vannoken culture, traditional Vannoken culture, anyway, is this: the elitism. It’s probably the ugliest part of the culture, since everything has a downside. It’s not elitism based on race, but rather elitism based on content of character.
But, the elitism is a byproduct of the pursuit of continually bettering the content of one’s own character. The pursuit of excellence in whatever context one may refer to.
For instance, you are who you hang with, and you reflect your enemies (in a Jungian sense).
What Does Basing Vannoken Culture on the Content of Character Entail?
If you base a culture on self-actualization as a standard, then you will inevitably find yourself to be unequal to all those who don’t focus on self-improvement.
Observe: If I do 500 pushups every other morning, in that context of instrumental value, I’m eventually going to surpass the person who doesn’t.
There will form inequality of instrumental value.
But it goes deeper than that, because then, we can psycho-analyze what goes into dedicating oneself to those 500 pushups. What are the character traits (typically)?
Discipline. Focus. Mental endurance. Willpower.
These are all character traits.
…the contents of one’s character.
How Does that Affect Vannoken Culture?
Now, am I going to want to hang out with the person who doesn’t have these traits? Maybe, if I have a reason to. However, if that person doesn’t have those traits, then what traits do they have?
Of course, it varies.
In most cases, even if it’s not a conscious decision more than it is a natural byproduct of the pursuit of self-improvement, the person developing themselves with 500 pushups every other day is going to be more likely to surround themselves with other people who also do 500 pushups (or even more).
In the micro-view, what do you have? A bunch of friends hanging out, challenging each other to improve, etc. No harm, no foul.
However, in the macro-view, what do you have?
The people doing pushups likely don’t think themselves intrinsically above the people who don’t do pushups. They are, however, at an instrumentally higher level in the contextual hierarchy, which creates a natural social divide.
You form a hierarchy based on those character traits. When being judged on those character traits, the person who lacks them is at the bottom.
Therein, if I’m constantly focused on improving myself with a continual feedback loop to “check my blindsides,” while I encourage my family to do the same, guess what?
The same pattern occurs: a tightly-knit group of people that form a natural kind of in- and out-crowd. It can’t be avoided, because not everyone in the world is equally pursuing the same narrative. And even with the people who are pursuing the same narrative, they are neither starting at the same places, nor are they actualizing at the same rates.
That’s how structure forms peace and functionality when you have that kind of unison.
We’re Honest about It
The difference between me and others is this: I’m, at least, honest about it.
If I invite people into my house, or tolerate people in my life who aren’t on the same wavelength, then I allow them to pull me away from that process of self-actualization, my personal purpose.
Meanwhile, if I try to pretend like “We’re all (instrumentally) equal” or even pretend like that’s the natural way of things to prevent hurting people’s feelings…I’d be lying.
In a world or culture based on the content of character…there can’t actually be equality. To strive for both equality of outcome and a world based on the content of character in the same social system is the reason why people haven’t been able to realize MLK’s dream.
Jeffrey Dahmer didn’t have equal content of character to, say, William Wallace.
So, yes, I am an elitist. Not because I want to be, but because I accept that as part of the darkness of my own Jungian shadow as I individuate.