“We are either kings or pawns of men,” said Napoleon Bonaparte.
With the coming of royalty to our campus, this phrase takes on a more literal meaning than we, as Americans, are wont to give it. Of course, there are the usual political commentaries and debates that surround the notion of royalty, but the consideration that I find most interesting is not the political, but rather the humanistic one. That is, these men and women who have been given elevated status by society are still just that: men and women. Yes, they have privileges, but they have great responsibilities, and their ability to handle extraordinarily stressful situations is quite amazing from the humanistic perspective.
So I look forward to seeing the man and woman behind the figures, for perhaps they will teach me how to better manage my own – though rather humbler – domain.