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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I dont know what the Tall Poppy Syndrome is, but I hazard a guess and say that it has something to do with begrudgery?

in which case, yes, there is a certain spirit of begrudgery in the Irish....I'm not sure why...but it's one of our few flaws

You've guessed right. The "Tall Poppy Syndrome" is something of a national hobby in Australia. When someone rises up above others in whatever field of endeavour, then that person is fair game to be "cut down" to size.
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The English colonizised Australia in 1788. The first arrivals were mainly English & Irish, with a lesser number of Scots.
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A couple of my colleagues here in China are from Ireland. From some of the discussions we have, I get a bit of a glimpses into the Irish national psyche. It has just recently occurred to me that there could be a"Tall Poppy" connection.

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

LOL! well I wont deny it.

I'm sure you've heard the expression "to take someone down a peg or two" - i would bet that origniated in Ireland.

13. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Quoting Bluenose

There's something very solid and permanent when self-respect is accompanied by humility .

A friend of my Mum's, a monk, passed on some quote (which I think was in French but I dont know it exactly) - it was something like "True humility is not giving a damn"

I had to think about that one for a while....but it makes perfect sense really.

That suggests to me that humility and peace of mind are closely related and that makes sense to me.

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

yeah - what i took from it was that if you bothering to give a damn about what ppl think or say is arrogant and self-obsessed. if you are truly humble you shouldnt care....

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

[quote=Wocca

A couple of my colleagues here in China are from Ireland. From some of the discussions we have, I get a bit of a glimpses into the Irish national psyche. It has just recently occurred to me that there could be a"Tall Poppy" connection. [/quote]

Also, Wocca you just havent met the right Irish people yet;)

16. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

yeah - what i took from it was that if you bothering to give a damn about what ppl think or say is arrogant and self-obsessed. if you are truly humble you shouldnt care....

Which is sort of what I said on the dating game thread. What little success I've had has been when I haven't been trying to impress someone. I've just been in a happy mood, doing my own thing and someone who I maybe hadn't even noticed has thought "What's he so happy about" and has come across to talk to me. Karaoke is good for that.

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's so hard to try and be onesself on a date isnt it? Those pesky butterflies always take over the controls in my head and make me say all the wrong things.

I bowed out of the dating game aaaages ago LOl!

18. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

I've got to get back to doing it once I've sorted my life out enough to feel I've got enough to offer.
I work with loads of great girls but they're all much too young for me.

19. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

hey, life begins at 40 T! ;)

it's got nothing to do with age.

i'm 25 and im sick of wasting my time on meaningless dates....there's been too many of them.

i'm hoping on just bumping into Mr. Right some day...

20. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Finding Mr or Mrs Right is a lottery, and as the saying goes ' you've got to be in it to win it'

So if you don't buy a ticket you'll be like McCauley Culkin your whole life (Home Alone)