From Conor Risch’s article for PDN:
The idea of the “American Dream” is based on individualism, opportunity and upward mobility. In the United States, the concept that an individual might shy away from success, suppress ambition, or criticize another person for striving to achieve personal or financial goals seems implausible. We even have a popular pejorative for those who might criticize or judge another individual for their successes: hater.
Yet in Australia the act of cutting down to size anyone who is successful is prevalent enough that it has its own term: tall poppy syndrome. Whether the discouragement of success is indeed a problem in Australian society that suppresses the ambition of its citizens is debatable.
PDF of the magazine article
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