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In life we have a very simple choice to make: We can either choose to belong to aristocracy or commonality, to the best or to the hoi polloi of our days, and this doesn't depend on money, birthplace or skin colour but attitude and nothing else; this is so because aristocracy means "the government of the best", which ultimately, and even for the most powerful person on Earth, implies governing oneself with the best characteristics of your own personality.
Even the conquest of empires begins one day with the conquest of one's own mind.
People often associate stereotypes when they think about aristocracy but in reality they are getting it wrong, for being an aristocrat is not to be fancy but to be bound to self-discipline by a code of conduct that by its own nature and if it is exploited wisely is capable of bringing out the best from each one and lead individuals that act accordingly to fulfil their hopes and reach their goals in life, even the most difficult or uncanny; what people think and perceive as aristocracy is actually the success, the result of being an aristocrat at heart. You will always be better off as an aristocrat, even in your darkest hours because your failures and shortcomings will always tower over the successes of the little men of the hoi polloi around you.
Aristocracy is nothing more than a tool, a social concept to become better. If Alexander The Great would have went on forever with the rampant parties of his fellows in the Macedonian court he would never have conquered the world. Even troubled people like H.P. Lovecraft, capable of transforming his problems into art, become true aristocrats; but you can live in the country with the best possibilities and living standards, in an open society full of possibilities, be born in a well-to-do family (see The Skowronek Bankers), be outwardly attractive, travel during youth ad even enjoy a good college education and nevertheless throw all over the board the day after getting your diploma in order to become an überloser, a being devoid of true enthusiasm or capacity to do more than fill a volume into the lower atmosphere, nailed by gravity to a spot over the surface of Earth until the day of undertaking.
Aristocracy is perpetual and cannot be faked, for if you take a simple blond teenager girl from an obscure artic town and put a crown over her head what you will get is probably a beauty queen that can only be cheered inside a closed building and who will end her reign as she takes off the crown at the end of the day only to become soon a house wife and a baby-producing machine for a while, until she grows too old or her dominating husband dumps her, even if she is thought half a dozen languages and sent to college. But if you take a true queen like Marie Antoinette, kill her children and her husband, strip off her crown and dress her in housewife rags to parade her in a cattle cart before execution, you will still be mocking a queen, and not a housewife, and not even beheading her in front of a crazy crowd will demote her stance in the slightest, as centuries prove.
It is not political power, money or fame what defines a person as a true aristocrat, neither are diamonds, expensive cars or parties but the other way around. Having a true aristocratic demeanour - something that should not be confused with snobbism, or acting it poorly - means that the person grows and becomes someone capable of attaining his dreams, any dreams. That is why there are perceptible differences between being an aristocrat and simply having a lot of money. Anyone can drive a Rolls Royce because it has the same pedals and the same steering wheel that any other car has; many could rent one of these cars at least for a day, a few could buy one, but only those able to understand perfection could become legitimate owners of such a vehicle.
Another issue is that of loyalty: An aristocrat is defined by being loyal and not a subordinate. Being loyal means not to abandon others even under the direst of circumstances because the cause being defended and sustained is believed to be just. Being subordinated means to obey and in extreme cases this is used as an excuse even for atrocities. A simple soldier is a subordinate, a surrogate of a chief with higher rank, while a warrior obeys ultimately only his own will but keeps loyal to a leader; samurais were bound to their lords only by honour codes and not written rules and decrees. A submissive wife that fabricates babies serially is not a loyal woman but a surrogate of her hubby that in practice is taking advantage of her, who has to serve the table every night with the hope of never getting a message from the superiority telling her that she is being dumped with an excuse like "...you knew it would end..." and with a posterior and spectacular act of vanishing, leaving her with a lot of little mouths to feed. A husband like said is not loyal but a true parasite, a drone.
An aristocrat will have the necessary courage to lose a battle and even die defending his ideals if that helps sending an echo to posterity. Victory parades are for demagogues, soldiers and cheerers, but only an aristocratic leader - if he survives - is capable of delivering a defeat parade to lift the spirits of people and warriors, and with that alone sends another whisper to the future because the reason for the existence of aristocracy is to set examples, and because of this, denying the existence of an aristocracy represents the will to destruct the basis of any society led by values higher than the deeds of common daily life.
A true aristocrat will never cease to apologise for his wrong deeds and will always amend his mistakes, will not abandon those in need, will never fail in loyalty to his friends or act with cruelty against people or nature because all those actions are based in universal values common to any society. An aristocrat, if he has to apply some sort of punishment, will take a little time afterwards to meditate on his decisions and to talk with those who have been punished to see if they are well and the impositions have not been cruel or unnecessarily, unexpectedly painful in any way; he will also extend his hand and rebuild any broken links.
An aristocrat would go as far as taking his hat off for his enemies if they prove brave and gallant, and in the same token, aristocrats will despise cowardice even among his own, for cowardice is the absence of any sort of value or principle.
The richness of an aristocrat is not money but spirituality; power and material possessions usually associated with aristocracy - if it is of the true sort - come from the consistent actions taken based on such a spirit over a lifetime and even generations, for it is only possible to accumulate and keep true wealth if respect and true consideration are applied to fellow humans, for if they are despised and in such a way riches attained, then despise for one's own kind is only a matter of time, as well as despise for one's own belongings, and that alone forectasts the doom of any sort of riches, sooner or later. So, true aristocrats always enjoy wealth acquired wisely and honestly, and if life doesn't seem to work for some, it does work in the end for aristocrats and this is why they seem to be more fortunate than others, because by doing things right life helps itself.
The key to the fortunes of aristocracy is to have a true heart of gold, the testicles of a true warrior and the mind of a true intellectual, so whenever you see or hear someone saying that there is a person that moves around utopia, fights to the end and speaks of things hard to understand for the crowd, you will know that you are in the presence of commoners attempting to judge an aristocrat.
Pure aristocracy is the cult to interior beauty, and we are not all beautiful inside; it is also difficult for many to understand it because it seems to be the frequent destiny of great people to be praised but not understood. If we were all truly equal then we would all act in the same way but reality demonstrates that this is simply not the case because there are those that are good or evil, better or worse, capable or incapable... In other words, there are aristocrats and commoners, and no matter how many times the world may go around or what kind of barnstorming evolutions political correctness may perform (see Outcasting Those Unsuitably Married), the only thing that changes thorough time in this regard is our definition of wealth and its associated stereotypes, for ending a life with achievements under the arms, be it in Roman times or today as an aristocrat begins with the assumption one day at youth that you shouldn't do things because they are easy but because they are right, and above all, that nothing is impossible.
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