A long hard read about the game few people are invited to play.
On the one hand I feel a sense of pity for someone whose entire life is dedicated to maintaining the myth of their social class. On the other, I cannot ignore that beyond (or behind) race, gender, creed, or appearance is a calculated, obsessively maintained divide between "us" and "them".
There was a very good article a few years ago by a nerd who was trying to correct a misunderstanding nerds have about having been social outcasts growing up. Essentially his thesis was, there are people who do nothing but pursue being in the "in crowd". They are just as passionate about that as you were about chess, the migratory habits of swallows, French literature, robotics or whatever it is was that dominated your life. And frankly many of them fail at their obsession and not having the one thing they pursued go on to live hollow lives.
This is true. If you are going to follow your faith or rescue cats, or build airplanes, or paint landscapes you simply cannot provide the product the elites are looking for. You cannot simply be the best lawyer because they aren't looking for the best lawyer. They are looking for the most elite person they can find, who happens to be a lawyer. They are obsessed with status first and all the badges, certifications and depth experience cannot add up to any significance in their minds because they are playing a completely different game.
Frankly they are to be pitied much more than scorned. Yet, if the rest of us, who are doing what we do out of a vocation, out of a dedication to our craft, or a love of our customers, or the hope of changing the world for the better, or the sheer joy of learning and growing, ... if the rest of us are going to do what we do, we need to understand these folks, be aware of them and decide what to do about the damage their games and their prejudices cause the rest of us.