ANYWAY. At this point, I must apologise if you feel like you have been lulled here under false pretences, because you have. This is not a post that will wholly deliver on your wishes to reminisce about your childhood days on Neopets with my anecdotes on how I so desperately wanted to hack my Chinese friends' accounts and steal their millions of Neopoints (why do the Chinese have to be the best at everything?!?!) so I could be a millionaire too. I'm not still bitter about this, I swear. Who knows, maybe I'll find a way to link this with Neopets at the end.
Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends.
In short, it is how society works. As we've heard for many years, 'it's who you know, not what you know'. Nepotism seems to be something that people tend to frown upon and although in some aspects I can understand their qualms, on the whole, it's something I have come to understand, accept and embrace. If we were to act in the way that those who frown upon nepotism wanted, in practce it would mean that one works to get somewhere despite having the opportunity for an easy road to get to that place. Why on Earth would a rational thinking human being do more work than absolutely necessary?
The down side of nepotism, of course, is that it inevitably leads to what most of us dislike: low quality. My personal pet hate is terrible films. I can't help but assume that the culprit (specifically screenwriter) must have known someone who knew someone who... You get the point. But can I knock that person for
And for this reason, I can't frown on the opportunists that take advantage of their links, in fact, I applaud them. You do what you've got to do to get to where you need to get to. And my greatest respects goes to those who use Nepotism to do great things, like film producers David & Megan Ellison, children of the sixth wealthiest man in the world Larry Ellison. David produced the latest Mission Impossible movie, Megan produced recent cinema hits Lawless and Killing Them Softly as well as owning the rights to the Terminator franchise and, together, they produced the critically-acclaimed True Grit that was nominated for 10 Oscars. This doesn't show the full picture, with both having a string of failed movies before finally reaching the success they have today. But they got there eventually.
Some are fortunate to be born with links, others are able to perservere in pursuit of links. Both are still culpable of the same failures. We all have to be able to step up to the plate and prove ourselves when the opportunity present itself.
Being true to my word, I will finish this story with a Neopets anecdote. Remember those Chinese friends I had who were millionaires in that virtual world? A couple years down the line, they got bored of being millionaires and donated some millions to me. That's right. I became a millionaire on Neopets.
Nepotism is basically how society works. If you don't like it, oh well. If you can't beat 'em - which, just to clarify, you cannot - then join 'em (or stew away angrily, at the bottom of society albeit).
I made it in life.
P.S. I can't even remember my damn Neopets password anymore so I am, effectively, (one of) the richest men in the cemetery.
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