Divine Right

‘Divine right is alive and well, in all walks of life. Some people believe they have a divine right to be earning a certain amount per annum; others a divine right to trample over those of “lesser intelligence” than themselves. Others, even, feel they have a divine right to be trampled on. Still, the vast majority of us experience no such thing as a divine right. We wait, instead, for that fateful day on which we will be “uncovered”; revealed for “what we truly are”; the facades ripped down and the aching, crumbling structure laid sadly bare. I met a monarch once who, despite his exalted position, lived in perpetual anxiety that it would dawn one day on his people that he was, in essence, an utter twerp. I could empathize. Oh lord, how I could empathize!’ (Leo Barnard, Who Aren’t You?)

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