ARRGHGHGH I think I am a snob.. Not for wealth or material stuff but an intellectual snob. I don't know if it is redeeming to say that I prefer the artist starving in a garret to a rich fool.
It sucks and I am trying to change such beliefs. I realised this because when Fabien tells me about his French collegue who went to Shanghai, married a Chinese girl and then returned to France, I thought nothing of it untill he said that she now works in a department store as a sales girl. I commented that it was an interesting career choice - I always wanted to be a bartender. Then Fabien told me it is because she didn't go to university, and I caught myself thinking "and he wants to marry her?" I don't even know this girl and I am passing judgement on her!
Sigh - I realise that I carry inherent biases about intelligence and education. Being brought up in the Singapore education system, it is ingrained in me that good academic performance = intelligence = good.
The French are of course not much better. Napolean cleverly set up all these engineering and public admin schools and made entry difficult so as to increase the prestige. It is an unfortunate part of our human condition that something difficult to obtain seems to become so special JUST BECAUSE it is hard to get and not because we really need it. I suppose that is why diamonds are a girl's best friend (or is it just De Beers advertising?)
Anyway Resolution 1 of 2006 - stop being such a snob. Not everyone needs to have a university education to be smart. Not necessarily are smart people good. I like smart people but it does not mean I will automatically dislike dumb people.