The morning newspapers are either extolling President Trump’s visit to London, or damning him. It depends on their editorial positions. They’re not reporting the news, they’re “interpreting” the news to suit their politics.
Ron Howard, the esteemed director, is now doing a documentary on Pavarotti, to show the “low side” of his life as well as the high.
No wonder that many true, outstanding artists and celebrities crave their privacy, and that good people choose not to run for public office. We’ve become a nation of rock throwers, scurrying through ancient yearbooks and artifacts to try to find something shameful in others’ adolescent lives. The country reminds me today of a professional association I know of where they seek to make every member as successful as their least successful member.
In other words, let’s cut down those who grow higher than the rest of us. (In Australia, the “tall poppy syndrome.”) Well, cut away, or try to, but don’t expect society to move forward based on mediocrity, critics, and resentment. And if you throw a rock at me, expect a missile fired back. Try to catch that.