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20 February 2009


What goes around, comes around ... - preview
In Meeting I was glumly considering my antipathy to the elderly, the inadequate and the disabled and how I found myself despising (let me be frank about it) the weak, the stupid, the anorexic, the obese, the flutterers and stutterers and hopeless-helpless among us (unless I found myself, as I have on past occasions, in a position to help – to stretch down a lordly hand of assistance)

  • I was in a state of disgust with myself and also some self-pity, for I am now come to be elderly and handicapped and somewhat inadequate; should I live longer, I am likely to become more so
  • And I saw, with speed camera swiftness, the creepy backside to this disdain
  • I saw how often I have been and am obsequious, sycophantic, ingratiating to those I perceive as being more powerful than myself – those possessed of an enviable puissance
  • It appeared that the miserable rule of life, as I had learnt it, is to crush underfoot those you can and to suck up to those you can’t

  • John Anderson

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