As Gladwell concludes the introduction: “What the Israelites saw, from high on the ridge, was an intimidating giant. In reality, the very thing that gave the giant his size was also the source of his greatest weakness. There is an important lesson in that for battles with all kinds of giants. The powerful and the strong are not always what they seem.
David came running toward Goliath, powered by courage and faith. Goliath was blind to his approach—and then he was down, too big and slow and blurry-eyed to comprehend the way the tables had been turned. All these years, we’ve been telling these kinds of stories wrong. David and Goliath is about getting them right.”
“The battle is won miraculously by an underdog who, by all expectations, should not have won at all. This is the way we have told one another the story over many centuries since. It is how the phrase ‘David and Goliath’ has come to be embedded in our language—as a metaphor for improbable victory.
– Malcolm Gladwell from David and Goliath
Although the author of the above passage is trying to make another point in his book, but I still wanted to use parts of this passage to make the point of what I always believe. I believe that life’s battles do not always go to the smarter or the faster person, but to the one who thinks he can.
While giants may seem intimidating, it is just a matter of bracing yourself, not giving up your faith and taking on the giant facing you.
We carry a prelude to the Olympics in this issue—the sporting field is another place where we often see the underdogs overthrow the giants. It's a matter of grit and persistence. We will bring you updates as they unfold.
The various issues about international students have been in discussions now and again. This week we initiate a dialogue and invite students and members of the community to participate in this and support the cause.
Housing overall and especially the housing prices in Auckland continue to remain an issue. The government has now introduced changes in the KiwiStart Homestart in a bid to help first homebuyers. There are several factors at play here and this is another discussion that we would like to initiate. As the dream of owning a home gets further and further away from the common man, any help or support is welcome if it can actually increase the chances of this dream turning into reality.
This seems to be the season of when star performers are on their way to entertain New Zealand and there are concerts lined up in the next few weeks. We hope our readers enjoy these, we will be carrying the reports and reviews of these as they happen.