Tall Poppy

What role does a tall poppy play in the bigger picture?
Divert attention away from other’s own issues. An anti-depressant for others. Be ready.

“There is compelling evidence from traditional societies that people use ridicule, ostracism, and even homicide to deter individuals whose ambitions lead them to strive for dominance” (Boehm 1999)

A person who achieves something of note is an important part of the bigger picture.
A person who achieves something has a unique ability.
A person who achieves has the ability to turn self-loathing into plain old loathing.

As people look upon the tall poppy in the sun’s gaze they are free of their own issues, problems or worries.
As people look upon the tall poppy in the sun’s gaze they are not concerned with their husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and children issues.
As people look upon the tall poppy they are free.

They are free to turn self loathing into loathing.
They are free of their own worries.
They are free to criticise someone other than themselves.

This is a beautiful power for one person to have.
This is something to embrace.
This is powerful.

Are the tall poppy’s ready to harvest?

Christopher Boehm (1999) Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

 

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