Linton, Aryans and Aristocracy
Yogi said "you can see a lot by looking". Yes, you can.
I've been looking in a book. I don't know why I didn't take anthropology in college, but I didn't. And even if I did, I probably would not have noted the same things that i am taking note of now.
The book is "The Tree of Culture" by Ralph Linton, Vintage, 1958. I bought it on Amazon. The library didn't have a copy.
I got hooked on this by reading a science fact article by L. Sprague de Camp "The Breeds of Man", Analog, April 1976. Here is the paragraph:
"True. The late anthropologist Ralph Linton thought that certain Aryan attitudes had survived in the aristocratic code of medieval and baroque Europe. He sited the European aristocrat's reverence for the military virtues, his casual attitude toward sex and religion, his fondness for hunting, fighting and gambling, and his contempt for honest toil. In pre-Revolutionary France, a nobleman caught earning money by any means so shameful as trade or manual labor was held to have forfeited his rank."
Mr. de Camp goes on to doubt the connection between people of "noble" lineage and the Aryans of 1500 BCE.
I read this material, and it rang the bell for me. Because I am a very different sort of person than the aristocracy. I don't think that honest labor is demeaning nor does it lower one's social status. I am oh-hum regarding all sorts of sports and hunting. And one's car does not delineate one's social status. Of course, I am wrong. That is the eye-opener for me. For a great many people, this aristocratic image holds. Cars and sports and business killings are everything.
That explains a lot. For example, boyhood friends that made such a fuss over sports. I just couldn't see the value. But to them, their linkage to sports was not just for the games, although there was a lot of that, but it also proved their social standing to their peers. To say that "look at me, I am important, I have sports memorabilia." That is also why players are so important. And in real life, the people who have this self-image are also the ones that tend to be the ones in control, in management, or owners.