Slightly Soiled or the Tedium of Sainthood by Trevor Plumbly

The Attraction of the Dark Side It’s a strange part of human nature (mine included) that saintly people these days seem somewhat boring while those who tread the lower path on occasions get elevated to become ‘likeable rogues’. Doubtless analysts and all those other folk that earn their crust attempting to poke divining rods into our thought processes will have written screeds on this but I thought a short piece without wheelbarrow words might interest. Take cowboy movies as an example; in the early ones morality was easily defined: the good guys… Read More

Tall Poppy Syndrome by Angela Caldin

Definition of Tall Poppy Syndrome I had never heard the term Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) until I came to New Zealand. But once I’d heard it, I kept on hearing it, so I decided to find out what it meant. It’s a term frequently used to describe a phenomenon in which people of success and merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticised because their talents or achievements raise them above the norm. They are seen in some way as a threat.