As the Lunar New Year* brings the Year of the Sheep**, maybe I should write about the Sheep (singular) in my life***, but I’ve got more information to hand about being a Dragon, from a travel blog entry at the time of my first Lunar New Year in Korea (2007). I can’t remember when I ascertained I was a Dragon. For that travel blog entry, I posted an abridged version of a description of Dragons from an online source I didn’t note at the time. This site*** attributes it to Wikipedia, but Wikipedia does not currently have this passage. For those of you who know me, how much of this describes me? (Be honest!)
“(Good points) omnipotent … flamboyant … attractive … full of vitality and strength … natural charisma … gifted with power and luck … unlikely to escape unnoticed from a party or to take second place in a competition … active mind … unfeigned interest in the world around him … self-confident enough to know how to create a necessary impression … do everything on a grand scale … egotistical … ambitious, almost to the point of megalomania, and will stop at nothing to get what they want … wears the crown of destiny, and is capable of great achievements if he knows how to harness his tremendous energy, intelligence and talent … enjoys being the center of attention … have a brave and charitable side to their personality … if a dragon’s friend faces a problem or dilemma, he or she will be there to offer help, and solve the problem with authority and dignity … set a high standard of actions for themselves as well as for other people and are surprised when others cannot cope with a task … are so carried away by the process that they fail to see other people’s weaknesses.
“(Bad points) Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues … can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable, displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper … if jealously suspicious of rivals, they will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and trickery to discredit them … self-centeredness, greed for flattery, boastfulness, bombast, pomposity, snobbish superiority, overbearing, intolerant disdain of underlings … a passion for luxury, a lust for power, unlimited sexual lust and emotional indulgence … uncontrolled impetuosity. Fortunately it is rare that a Dragon is so undisciplined as to give way thoroughly to this list of vices , and these tendencies are usually balanced by an innate wisdom. Those who are afflicted with them also have the intelligence it takes to consciously and actively overcome them.”
So this meant to describe most of my university friends, all of my high school classmates and Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Charles Darwin, Che Guevera, John Lennon, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King Jr, Nikola Tesla, Pelé, Plácido Domingo, Rasputin and Stanley Kubrick …? If there is a common theme of ‘world leaders/famous in their respective fields’ among that lot, it’s probably because they were world leaders/famous in their respective fields – that’s what got them onto that list in the first place. They’re not going to publish a list of 12 total random people whose only qualification is that they are Dragons.
* Please don’t call it the Chinese New Year. It is observed in many other countries (albeit that they borrowed the idea from the Chinese).
** or Ram, or Goat, or Ovicaprid.
*** the description of Sheep on this site is much shorter than the one for Dragons.