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Opportunity knocks for omnivores

WHAT if a child was stranded on a deserted island with an abundance of only two food sources: lizards and durians? If left long enough, they would choose to first consume the lizards. Why? Humans possess an innate preference toward meat. Or, at least, they should.

Was Joseph Stalin a tyrannical dictator? Depends on your own opinions. Was he a cogent autocrat? Just take a look at the alliances he constructed to keep himself in government. Well, was he a vegetarian? This is the question that links most of the world together. What possibly could individuals as different as Stalin, Michael Moore, Eva Longoria and I have in common? It all boils down to one word: meat.

Generally speaking, when analyzing the food chain, herbivores have had what may be referred to as the short end of the stick. Lions prey on buffalo. Dingoes feed on emus, and the tyrannosaurus rex victimized even the titanic stegosaurus. Based on examples like these, what would Donald Trump be classified as? Did he build his multi-billion dollar enterprise in fear of being devoured? Was his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earned by fleeing from predators? Doubtful.

The wealthy aren't stomped on, and never will you see the affluent run in terror from an inferior. Why? The opulent aren't apprehensive that they'll be munched upon. No, on the contrary, they're the ones doing the chomping as everyone else scurries off.

Omnivores can adapt. They possess the capabilities to survive regardless of diet type. In a sense, they've been endowed with unvarnished power. Personally, I believe that you do not have to be a member of Mensa to succeed, nor do you need to be the child of Donald Trump, but you do need to be the proud owner of an insanely curious mind with a humble abode outside of the box. Go be a - figurative - omnivore capable of processing almost anything.

My advice? There is no luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Just go prepare for something, then sit back, relax and wait for opportunity to come knocking, and believe me, it'll come.

(Article by Anna Yang, Grade 12 student of SCIS Hongqiao campus)


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