Pauper to Prince

So many stories follow the path of someone’s transition from rags to riches, or from pauper magically transformed into a prince.

To me the truth is that every girl is already a princess and should be treated like one, and every boy has the potential to behave with the decorum princes should, yet seldom do.

And then there is my other side, in which I realize how terribly flawed the very concept of royalty is.  The concept of royalty has entrenched expectations and acceptance of privilege so deeply into societal fabric that we are easily misled into the belief that it is universal human nature.  It is not.

Why are tales in which the heroes and heroines transit from poverty into material riches so popular?  Why are there so few tales in which the spiritually impoverished, yet materially wealthy transition into the spiritually enriched? Perhaps because an absolute requirement of spiritual enlightenment is to relinquish all material wealth?

For every Absolute, there is an Exception.

Perhaps, because sales hold more material value than souls?

About C.G.Ayling

Musing misuser of words, lover of lyrical literature, author, occasional contrary thoughts. An honorable man’s name, in memoriam.
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3 Responses to Pauper to Prince

  1. Lydia says:

    Perhaps you should write that story.

    I’d read it. 🙂

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