This is a subject that is really dear to my heart. I know what it’s like to be the favorite student, niece, friend and grandchild. That means I know what it’s like to be loved by one and hated by many. I also know what it’s like to close to someone who is not the favorite and the pain that comes from that experience. Why are some people so highly favored? Is it something that is earned, given, even bestowed? Is it a good thing? I guess I am writing out loud because it’s something that has followed me for most of my life. It’s a subject that is really interesting to me and I think it’s similar to fame.
It makes me think of Joseph in the Bible. He was clearly favored and hated so much by his brothers that they sold him into slavery. But that didn’t stop God’s plans for his life. He continued in favor and eventually became a ruler, a loving ruler, who chose to extend kindness to the very brothers who hated him earlier in life.
What are your thoughts of favoritism? Do you think we would be better off without it if that were even an option? I’d love to read your thoughts.