A long time ago, my mother had a very close friend. And one day, that friend was getting married. As a close friend, my mother expected to be treated as such. And she was- when it came to helping the friend with the arrangements. However, not when it came to the sitting plan.
‘You are such a close friend’, she was told. ‘You will understand’.
The friend explained that the reason my mother was given a bad seat at the wedding party was because of all the important people who had to get the best seats. And when you worry too much about giving the rich and powerful the best seats at the wedding, your real friends end up sitting at the back.
What is it about so many people that they just can’t stop sucking up to the rich and powerful?
I expect most of you will claim that you are not like that. None of us like to hear that about ourselves.
So, you have never sucked up to the rich and powerful. Well, let’s check. I have created a little SUCKUP test here for all of us. Add 1 point for every YES and 0 for a NO and do your maths.
You suck up to the rich and powerful people if:
a) You worry what to take to their house for a dinner party and end up taking a lot more than usual.
b) If it is her/his birthday, you agonize what to buy, as nothing seems good enough for someone who has everything.
c) You find yourself talking about them a lot with other, normal, friends.
d) You tend to always agree with what they are saying, even if you don’t.
e) You would rather miss your parents’ wedding anniversary than say no to a party thrown by these guys.
f) You go out of your way to buy something that looks similar to something the rich and powerful people own, even if it is a cheap imitation.
g) You feel flattered when they notice you and include you in their social arrangements.
h) You always invite them to your important events (like a wedding) first, even if that leaves no space for your real, close friends. Because they will understand.
If you said no to every single one of the above, then I am proud of you. You have officially never sucked up to anyone rich and powerful. I would like to think that I have not either. But, I am sure that at some point in life, I must have done. I am Azeri after all. And Azeries are fantastic at this. I recently noticed that English people are not immune to the money+power+suckup combination either. And I suspect the reason I notice it is simply because I recognize the signs. Because, as an Azeri, I am an expert.