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22 August 2017


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Mathias Kin

Great article Chris.

Simon Davidson


TI agree!This is a brilliant insight. Ideas are more powerful. Ideas are gold. ideas create revolution. Why couldn't the government spend such money on building cutting edge research facilities to generate new ideas and knowledge to harness our vast natural resources and generate wealth, rather building colourful edifies that will decay in a few years.

Jordan Dean

Reminds me of a term I came across before. 'Venotia' syndrome. Roman emperor's built huge colosseums to entertain people to avoid criticism.

An iconic skyscraper can be a national pride and spectacle. Just saying...

But while we're investing heavily in infrastructure, our aidposts and health centres are not maintained. Progressing or regressing?

Trish Nicholson

Excellent post, I couldn't agree more. It's not just male egos though, these edifices generally involve foreign consultants and construction companies, and of course, kickbacks - gris.

And one other example you might like: the great Greek statesman, Pericles, is quoted as saying: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

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