Re: Courage, Compassion, and Class
"Class: a group called to service; students meeting regularly to study the same subject; a period or meeting; a course of instruction
Class: social rank; an example of outstanding quality or prestige"
I really like the way you're using the term "class" here. I think people tend to get confused about these issues, and we wind up stumbling over ourselves a bit.
We think any attempt at "class" tends to be elitist, and yet the urge towards excellence is strong, and frequently worthwhile. It isn't about being better than everyone else -- it's about reaching for whatever is good.
Can we combine the definitions? Class: a group called to service of the outstanding, the noble, high quality, and exemplary.