My birthday was yesterday. No big thing. Just turned 16. But had a thought, contributed from an Anon who's comment I deleted.
As far as I know, we rejected Communism in this Country. So we are a Capitalist Country. I hope there is no dispute there. But in chess, some of us at least, have replaced Capitalism with Fatalism.
It's OK to sit down and beg for money from anyone. It's not OK to go out and work for the money by coming out with new ideas to increase revenue for development in the chess community. It's OK for the corporations to make money from us. But it's not OK for members of the chess community to make that same money.
On a bigger perspective, it's OK for the Mat Salleh's to make money from us. It's not OK for us to make money from them.
So my new mantra is, I love money. I love money. I love money. :)
Really, there is nothing wrong with making money. So long as you do not lie and cheat and stab others in the back for it.
Strange but true.