Levels and Attitudes
Having known people at all levels of society, I've found the best ones to be at the top; the worst ones to be in the middle; and the lower end to be a mixed bag.
The people at the lower level have less scientific knowledge than the others, but they have experiential knowledge. They have had to struggle to survive, and a lot of them got a clue as a result of it. At the same time, often these people are full of hatred and jealousy and can be toxic. It matters whom one is dealing with and how that person is willing to relate.
The people at the middle level have less experiential knowledge; what they have is propaganda, which they treat as gospel. Whether it be Communism, "skepticism," Christian fundamentalism or personality psychology, all these people have is dogma, to which they stick regardless of whether or not it reflects reality. This makes them extremely closed-minded and oppressive. The path that they have themselves traveled, they see as the only path. And that makes them, quite simply, the worst people one can know.
The people at the higher level have both scientific knowledge and experiential knowledge. They have had to do a lot to rise as far as they did. This opens their minds and alerts them of possibilities that other people do not see. Being friends with a high-level scientist who has both personal and scientific knowledge of spiritual experience; a high-level entrepreneur who realizes the benefits of original thinking and hires original-minded people; and high-level doctors who have value for alternative medicine; I know for a fact that these people are the best to be found. They have both scientific knowledge and life knowledge. And that gives them the fullest and richest perspective of all.
Middle-level people can be highly oppressive and traumatizing to higher-functioning minds; and the solution for these minds is to reach above the middle-level people and get together with higher-level people. What the middle-level people see as gospel, the higher levels know to be wrong. Ingenuity, innovation and creativity that the middle levels persecute find effective fruition at higher levels. And then not only do they themselves benefit; but so, through their efforts, does the rest of the world.
If you have the capacity to be a higher-level mind: Go above the middle levels and deal with the higher levels. It will be better for you; it will be better for humanity.