Internalising obligation, rather than externalising it, makes for much healthier relationships. It eliminates resentment and martyrdom. And it keeps all of us in the driving seats of our own lives.
The blatant exploitation of child celebrities by the music, film and television industry has never sat well with me. Michael Jackson is a classic example of what happens when children are exposed to the crazy hype of modern entertainment from too early an age.
It’s easy for middle NZ to scream foul at the behaviour of the “Roast Busters”, blaming and shaming them. Not as easy, though, to realise these boys are a product of their environment.