This tall poppy syndrome of the sea springs from rampant tribalism and manifests itself in a pseudo anti-elitism.
The tall poppy syndrome is synonymous with jealousy and revenge.
In Australia, a tall poppy is a successful person or achiever, who as a result, is the target of jealousy and grudging remarks.
The syndrome makes you want to tear down the person who is standing out from the crowd to make them the same as you. The effect being then, that no one lives up to their potential, progress is limited, and change rarely occurs.
the not Tall Poppies I have in mind are super-pissed about not being considered Tall Poppies