Saturday, 8 January 2011

Stephen Hester, the chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, is to be paid almost £7 million

I wonder if this has occurred to anyone else.

There is much in the media (e.g. tv documentaries) about obesity.

Now, perhaps the line between ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ is fuzzy. But I do think that, on some people, e.g. Michael Moore (documentary filmmaker), Kung Fu Panda (action hero), being heavier than ideal can look endearing.

But in general, obesity is a very unattractive quality in people – because they possess far more fat than their body needs.

And that’s exactly how people like Stephen Hester (RBS chief) appear to me – obese (simply substitute ‘fat’ with ‘cash’).

One of the most glaring examples of ‘obesity’ is that tv show, ‘Celebrity Cribs’, where the cameras take you round the lavish mansions of rockstars etc. And what’s galling is that celebrity materialism is celebrated as ‘achievement’, whereas obesity is damned as ‘failure’. But surely they are essentially the same sickness: consuming far more than your body needs because you are perpetually trying to fill some hole (e.g. identity, self-esteem) inside.

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