Describe how Social Darwinism developed into an attitude of superiority.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Social Darwinism was manipulated to present a condition whereby being wealthy and powerful was seen as a result of those who "win."  It made sense for those individuals in such a power to translate the business and industrialist mentality to the basic element of consciousness and being in the world.  Those who posited Social Darwinism argued that success and being "on top" of the power structure was a result of outlasting and surviving all threats.  In this, being successful and wealthy were both seen as virtuous, reflective of strength, cunning, and a sense of excellence.  Accordingly, the attitude of superiority becomes something that can be easily gleaned from the philosophy.  In being able to develop consciousness as a struggle to the proverbial "top," Social Darwinism credited those who were in the position of social and economic power as individuals who were "better" than others for they rose above them.  I think that this is where Social Darwinism was used to develop an attitude of superiority between those who were representative of power and those who lacked it.