Arrogance oozes when VIP is uttered

I’m not an angry person. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a happier person than me. I’m the guy that for some reason thanks a cop after getting pulled over and given a speeding ticket. I simply believe that acting sour serves no real purpose in my life. But there is one thing that usually turns my mood upside down instantly: the devaluation of any human being. Sometimes it’s purposeful, sometimes it’s accidental, and sometimes it’s just stupid

And for me, it all starts with the ridiculous phrase: Very Important Person (VIP). Maybe you haven’t thought twice about this phrase, but I’ve actually lost sleep over it. I remember hearing it the first time as a kid, and thinking “wow, I hope that I’m important someday.” Did those thoughts ever motivate me to try harder and do more? No. Could the phrase discourage a person who is in a rough spot in their life and already feeling an absence of self-worth?

The perfect example of this is the VIP section of a nightclub. You know, where they have the “bottle service”. Bottle service, if you don’t already know, is what people get in order to feel important. And in many cases, they make really stupid financial decisions in order to feel important. In fact, many stupid financial decisions are driven by the desire to feel important.

Unfortunately I have been called a VIP many times. Clearly, it’s not because I feel that I’m the classic definition of a VIP. I get called that because I’m in the media, and because Pete the Planner apparently is an easy to remember brand. But every time that I’m called a VIP or even wrangled into a VIP area, I feel like a jerk. I like to think that I have no sense of entitlement.

Maybe I’m overreacting, but I just feel that using the term VIP is an act of classless classism. Who is deciding who is important anyway? Usually the people that think they are more important than everyone else. I refuse to use this seemingly harmless yet subliminally harmful phrase. I ask you to join me. Say no to classism, and say no to lazy idioms such as VIP.

Am I overreacting? Leave a comment and let me know.

3 thoughts on “Arrogance oozes when VIP is uttered

  1. You have some very interesting points, here. I’ve had these kind of discussions with people over the years as it overlaps with “class envy” or whatever we’re calling that these days.

    As a member of Generation X, I grew up in the midst of the yuppie/Wall Street (the movie) era and actually read Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal in high school. I went down to IU and thought I would jump right into that world and be a “master of the universe.” Well, for obvious reasons (that didn’t reveal themselves until a bit later) that didn’t happen.

    But along the way, I too, thanks to being in broadcasting, had a few tastes of the VIP lifestyle. It was fun to be part of premier parties and hang out with celebrities, but it does have a cost, too. You are expected to be “on” all the time and don’t have a bunch of time to yourself.
    I wish I could rant a little more about not just this on a micro level, but how this type of attitude infects how we have changed over the past 35 years or so.

    There is a “keeping up with the Joneses” factor that has shown to be pretty hazarous to our world. It’s fine to strive for better things, but as we have seen, that can only take you so far and you must look down at the balance sheet and ask yourself, “What is all of this stuff and why have I been killing myself to get it?”

    It has been hard after making a conscious decision to take myself off the “fast track” knowing that I was not going to make as much money as most of my friends or family. There was a bit of a “mourning period” where I questioned my decisions. But now that I’m in my reboot period in a new job at a great organization, I feel much better. And I know the more years that go by the less I’ll feel that I need to “keep up” with anyone else. It’s a bit of a fool’s errand anyway.

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