“In the US, you look at the guy that lives in the mansion on the hill, and you think, ‘you know, one day, if I work really hard, I could live in that mansion’. In Ireland, people look up at the guy in the mansion on the hill and go, ‘one day, I’m going to get that bastard’.” - Bono.
Lonely Planet has described begrudgery as Irelands “national sport”. I just wanted to get peoples views on this in our country and whether or not it's warranted. From my experience, I've come across quite a lot of it. I'm the only one I know in my age bracket that owns their own home which I let out from time to time when I'm not in Ireland. I purposefully and intentionally go out of my way to avoid paying taxes at every turn so that I can somehow help provide some dignity to a homeless guy by giving him a job to do.
I've noticed in, not least the United States, that there is a great work ethic. Something ingrained in the people that hard work and intelligence is to be rewarded, commended, applauded. If you're ambitious, motivated, driven-to-succeed then you're given a pat on the back, supported, encouraged, something to be mirrored. In Ireland, you're a target. You're not supposed to have anything they don't have. At times, I feel that I relate more to Americans than I do to Ireland culturally. A couple of months ago I had the misfortune of witnessing a couple of public school kids jeering a privately educated child as he exited the gates. For the life of me I don't know why but I could obviously sense that they knew he was somehow "different".
But as my grandmother used to say "Fuck the begrudgers!".