Who is the Urbane Professional?



“At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”

René Magritte, referring to his famous painting, The Son of Man.

We have heard of Urban Professionals, but what is the Urbane Professionals?  Are they a 21st century description for “Yuppies”? 

Yuppie is defined as a Young Urban Professionals or Young Upwardly Moving Professionals.

The word Yuppie was popular during the 80’s and has rebirthed with many critics calling our President the embodiment of a Yuppie.  Author Victor Davis Hansen wrote in his article “Obama: Fighting the Yuppie Factor” about this said Yuppie.

“Yuppism, remember, is not definable entirely by income or class. Rather, it is a late-twentieth-century cultural phenomenon of self-absorbed young professionals, earning good pay, enjoying the cultural attractions of sophisticated urban life and thought, and generally out of touch with, indeed antithetical to, most of the challenges and concerns of a far less well-off and more parochial Middle America.

For the yuppie male, a well-paying job in law, finance, academia, or consulting in a cultural hub, hip fashion, cool appearance, studied poise, elite education, proper recreation and fitness, and general proximity to liberal-thinking elites, especially of the more rarefied sort in the arts, are the mark of a real man.”

It seems as though the Urbane Professional has become a modern-day version of the Yuppie.  Do not go around calling yourself that until you understand the connotations associated with that word.  Yuppie has been described in various articles with quotes such as  “conspicuous personal consumption”, “obsessed with social status”, and “vain and materialistic”.   In cities like DC, Atlanta, Chicago, and other heavily populated urban areas the Urbane Professional is thriving.  But is that a good thing?  Have we allowed our plight for the “American Dream” to cause us to:

  • Job hop every 1-3 years in order to increase our marketability, but never spend enough time to learn and fine tune our skills.
  • Seek status in a well-paying job in name and reputation, but forget about the importance of giving back to the same community that we erupted out of in a rapid accent.
  • Dress in clothing that defines the status for the life we live, but lose sight that the cost of the clothing is 90% less than what we spent and we have just contributed to someone’s gross margin.
  • Attend cultural events and indulge in the finest delicatessens, but unaware of our own culture and lack there of.

The reality is we have become Yuppies.  We did not wake up and intentionally put on our Yuppie hat, but at some point we have slowly grew into a class that is self consumed and self-absorbed.  To some it up we have become egotistical.

So, what does the Urbane Professional do to decrease their Yuppie factor?  Hmm…do you really want to know?  Many of you still don’t see the fact that you have become a Yuppie.  I must admit, I have bought into the life of a Yuppie…the journey for status, the lust for material things, attending every who’s who event, and living a life that I have grown to love.  But, the person deep inside, knows that this lifestyle will only last but for a moment and I have to invest in a life that will produce a positive ROI.  This site is to help other Urbane Professionals, Yuppies, and down right Uppity folks use our talents for more than just ourselves.  Like the picture above, there is so much more to us than what meets the eye.  Its time to pull the visible away, so that we can see the hidden.

Welcome to the Urbane Professional.


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