I will never call myself a king, or my girl a queen. I am not royalty or nobility and this trend of declaring ourselves to somehow be special or superior is just another act of declaring our own entitlement to privileges and special treatment we neither need or deserve.
I’m getting really tired of reading this BS on social media. I think what makes it so hard for me to digest is that often times the people declaring their own royal stature are neither, noble or royal in character or deed. They’re usually self-absorbed attention seeking fame mongers.
We aren’t kings or queens, princes or princesses we’re just people doing the best we can. When did it become so wrong to be just an everyday guy or gal? When did doing your best to do your job, pay your bills, and provide for your family become so vulgar and peasant like? I submit that nothing could be more noble in this modern social media age where everyone is shouting “look at me!”
Now I understand that this trend started in women seeking to deliver themselves from abuse and grow their confidence. I agree people do deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. But If you insist on making bad choices, hanging out with bad people, and chasing after bad men when all your friends, relatives, family, and history are telling you to go the other way…well you kind of brought that crap down on yourself. If you want to be treated with respect and dignity start by treating yourself with the same, before you demand the rest of us do.
What I really think this has become is just another way for lazy people to demand a life of pleasure and ease without earning it. Typically a valid rallying cry for respect has been co-opted by and as an anthem for the shallow and clueless. Confidence and motivation aside, what do these people really want? They want recognition and fame for simply being themselves. Except it doesn’t work that way. You don’t get a prize for simply being you, especially if You, isn’t really all that nice to begin with.
Our modern outrage and offense culture demands the rewards without the effort. We think we deserve everything but many contribute nothing. You must provide value to receive it in kind. The best kings and queens in history were loved because they gave, not because they received. Their fame was earned through war, strife, and great sacrifice. Those that demanded it are still reviled today. The best monarchs put their people before self and became great servants of their nations and leaders.
Before we start demanding the world bow down to our imagined greatness, we would be better served to try actually being decent human beings first. Otherwise we’ll never be royalty just the butt of the joke and meme fodder for the easily amused.
If you really want to stand out in the crowd today, be normal. Have original thoughts, think before you speak, keep your business private, and let the results of your efforts speak for themselves. You may not be royal afterwards but you will definitely have done more with your life than many of these “Kings and Queens.”