9/11 is Tall Poppy Syndrome

9/11 is Tall Poppy Syndrome
Note, I recommend you do not read this small rant; it will bore you to tears.

I was walking through the village here in Africa, suddenly a parade of brightly dressed African were approaching. I thought to myself,
"What day is it?"
"Hmm, it is Friday, the Islamic day of worship or not working."
They sort of get to take Friday and Sunday off, a true benefit.

Suddenly I had a pause; I remember there was some fool in the USA who was going to burn the Holy Book of Islam called the Qur’an. Yes, Obama tells me we are not a war with Islam, and generally, this is true --- and to be safe I keep my brain working, ignoring the platitudes.

I took this Photo a few years ago here in the Grand Bassam; Ivory Coast is truly one of the more invigorating places to watch women on the planet.

Grand Bassam, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa --- Saturday, September 11, 2010


Tall Poppy Syndrome
The more I travel, the less use I have for organized religions, I am Christian, and normally ashamed to associate with Christians. When anyone stops and testifies to any religion, I try to politely walk away, my life is way to short to listen to anyone who wants to be a "Tall Poppy." When they want to say, I am the taller poppy, I am right, I know, listen to me, and then maybe I should not listen.

That is my twist on the "Tall Poppy Syndrome," or how I have learned to view the world. A place where people continually strive to be special, and envy is rampant. This idea that we are special is a truly dangerous thought. Status-cism is the worst malady on the planet, the desire to say, I am higher status, this to me is the essential ingredient that lead to 9/11.


Volunteers go to other countries to say, "I can fix you…"

It is Easy to Avoid These Issues
You do know, there are people who go looking for a fight, and there are people who will volunteer to give a fight, this is just human nature. The majority of travelers or tourist who has trouble volunteered, they went looking for trouble, and they got what they wanted.

I have been laughing at myself, I am a very simple and content person, and nothing seems to truly frazzle me. You would think if it did, I would pay attention and live in fear; instead, I tend to just ignore all issues. Here is a list of things a sane man may have cared about before coming to Ivory Coast, West Africa.
(I wish I did not need to tell the world where Ivory Coast is)

I am here in Ivory Coast and October 21 or 31 they tell me there will be a National Election, a truly dangerous time in Africa, it highly possible there could be riots.
"So what?"
--- Another easy to avoid issue…

I am not sure; maybe rainy season will start soon, who know? They tell me there are no roads in Liberia worth a darn, this and rain is not a good combination. I could be trapped in some Africa village for weeks without transportation.
"So what?"

The USA Government Warnings and the Lonely Planet says,
"Liberia is not a tourist country." (The next country down the path.)
There is this insane idea, that tourist are good, truly they are bad, I should care, but I do not, my core values are to tell you the truth on this "Travel Site."
"So what?"

My advice on 9/11, Mosques, and the burning of Korans is to just take a breather, turn off CNN, BBC, and Fox, they are in the business of selling anger. There truly is a war between Islam and all other Religions, there has always been, and I believe there always will be.
"So what?"

War is natural, anger is natural, envy is natural, the 10 Commandments deal with Envy, but for me, I am going to call of this
"Tall Poppy Syndrome."

Here is an interesting page from Wikipedia for those of you who want to get all excited and go chop off the head of the Tall Poppies.


I know you want to take sides, want to say whom the Tall Poppy is, as for me, both the Christians and the Islamic folk want to be the Tall Poppies. To me it is obvious; religions sell "Spiritual Pride." I believe God puts these temptations in our lives as a test, a good man is going to make a good decision, and the bad man is going to be up to his ears in problems.

"Life is good"

Andy Graham in a small 10 Dollars Hotel, with a color TV that is in French somewhere in Africa, truly a nice place to be.

9/11 is Tall Poppy Syndrome


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I like this entry. It reminds me that to live it take life moment by moment and enjoy every and all things, not just the things you are "supposed" to enjoy as dictated by others (prime example: Liberia).

I am Christian as well, and often times I'm frustrated by the actions of some churches or others with my faith, but I have to remind myself that each person will be different. A human is still a human no matter what their personal/spiritual beliefs are, but organized religion does sometimes drive me crazy.

So, I enjoyed the picture and I kind of wish I was in Africa with a French TV right about now in a cheap hotel. But, alas, I'm not. I don't know if you've been up here before, I'd be surprised if you haven't but stop by Fairbanks, Alaska sometime if you can manage. Even if you have been, the beauty of Alaska is always worth checking out again as is the beauty of every corner of the world. After all, what's the point in only seeing something great once or twice? I'm sure you can feel the Creator's magnificence every time you see a stunning view or see happiness on the people living in the area.

A very good post in my opinion. Too bad most of us (me included) are bad at following your advice to ignore most of these things. I was watching some wolves a few days ago in a Wild Life Sanctuary. The Tall Poppy syndrome was sorta' there too. One wolf acted like he was the big dog, and the others got together and put him in his place. In my opinion we are like wolves, or most other pack type creatures. I doubt our society will ever be peaceful or homogeneous. Not sure that is really a bad thing. Life would be pretty boring then, I think. It would just be nice if people would stop killing each other, such a waste.

Bob L

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ahh,H- traveler,
the drumbeats of Africa calls again,

i look forward to hearing your reports of a Continents with so much potentail,
but . . . . .

People want people to listen to them. Nobody wants to be a regular sized poppy, who would even look at you let alone listen? There is often no better way to feel like you prop yourself up then by pulling someone else down -- chopping off their poppy heads.

When someone tries to tall poppy me I just walk away. Lots of people try to tall poppy people, it is almost a requisite for conversation amongst strangers around the world -- people measure each other up to see who will listen to them. I am a good listener, I listen to my friends when they talk, I believe it is a part of friendship to do so. But I don't have the energy for dealing with tall poppy talk from people I just meet. I like to keep my head about me.

Good entry, it really brings up a central issue in human interaction.

Thank you for another amazing post, Andy.

Recently I found out we live in the Local Group (which is made up of our galaxy the Milky Way and 40 or so other smaller galaxies that circle it) - and the Local Group is one of many such groups, all of which make up the Local Supercluster.

The Local Supercluster is just one of many superclusters of groups.

Uncountable stars.

How many planets are out there? How many shores with beautiful beings in pink bikinis standing upon them smiling?

How many travelers recording their adventures?

Thank you, Andy. Thank you.

Andy, this is one of your very best posts. Mark

BRAVO Andy, One of the best "raves" I've read and WOW so TRUE and your creative name "the Tall Poppy Syndrome" is one of a kind, at least I've never heard of such a term. And after all the teachings of all the organized religions I'm SURE that GOD / the Superior Being which insures GOOD is more powerful than EVIL must be having a roaring laugh at the human beings on earth and their incredible short sighted views and prejudices of each other. I find myself thinking feeling and saying WHO CARES? I don't about so many issues which seem to gather interest enough for people to discuss and ponder upon during their free time such as the examples you mentioned. Each person really needs to LEARN to READ BETWEEN the LINES of each and every world broadcasted news and proclamtion of new facts and knowledge. Africa is agreeing with you I can see as you seem to have entered a new sphere of being there since leaving Latin America. Good for YOU!

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