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November, 2014

  1. Lefter 76 ~ Artificially-lengthened poppies need no help from me. Or you.

    November 1, 2014 by emweb

    I don’t really understand why success needs celebrating. When I was little, I was taught to share and not be greedy.

    Those lessons stuck, and I passed them on to my own children in turn. Again, they stuck. In the light of that, I am sick to death of being told about New Zealand’s ‘tall poppies’ and how we shouldn’t lop them off. Almost invariably, these are people who have made it in financial terms. To me, that means they have successfully tailored and processed their greed to the extent that they have made loads of money for themselves.

    Celebrate that? I don’t think so.

    John Key is rich. Is that because he’s clever? No, it’s because he harnessed whatever Public Schoolboy bullying cleverness he did possess towards the singular aim of making himself wealthy. To me, this does not make him a figure worth any admiration, with the caveat that he should perhaps never be underestimated since there was enough cleverness present for him to be very successful at it.

    Do something good for your fellow humans, sure.

    Make yourself rich? You need some real values, mate.