…much is expected.’
Another way to look at it is ‘heavy is the head that wears the crown.’ My mother has often given me lessons with these words. We all want comfortable lives. Comfortable and comforting, I suppose. We all (*and I use the word ‘all’ here sparingly; I understand that not every single one of us wants what I am listing; this is a cognizant generalization) want to make money and have good health, and have all the time in the world to do whatever we want.
Many of us want to be seen as people with high learning – erudition. We want to have prestigious degrees from prestigious institutions, and receive education from prestigious people. Some of us want to be famous in that regard – known. We want high titles, high positions, high ceilings. We want to live (*the standard American Residential dream that is forced down our throats from infancy into adulthood) in mansions – ones with seven bathrooms, 13 bedrooms, and walk-in closets that have their own bathrooms and seatings spaces for when you need to rest after looking at all the clothing.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown –
Yet, we don’t realize what comes with that; we dismiss the idea that there is a responsibility that accompanies all these lofty ideals. We want both contrary halves of the coin, it seems.
Well, we can have both, I believe. But we must first acknowledge what trials/tribulations will come with our individual crowns. When we are praised, promoted, given gifts. When our degrees and titles are conferred, we must understand what it is we are expected to give back. It doesn’t have to be that we give back to a people or an organization, but perhaps we have to give back into the system. The title, the degree, is but a name. It’s what we do with it that matters. If you seek the life without responsibility, maybe you should not seek fame or scholarly recognition. For it is with a title comes a responsibility.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown.