I searched “favorite son”, preparing to write this. I was surprised to see it defined by Wikipedia as a “political term”. My thoughts on this have nothing to do with politics. When I say, “favorite son”, I mean the child who is favored by the parents. I am also talking about a person who is favored in the workplace, because of familial connections (nepotism).
If you extrapolate, you may conclude that anyone or any group who is cut slack or afforded special considerations in any kind of system, is also a “favorite son”. For my purpose, I’m talking about someone who is elevated in a group… and then takes a fall.
I know of a person who is living this story-line right now. He’s been the favored son – the untouchable employee for decades, and then whoosh! The raft beneath him was pulled away. He fell into the water. What do you think will happen now?
Will the people he works with come to his aid?
Will they build him a new raft so he can be restored to his position above their own?
I doubt this. At best, they will not attack. But in many cases, they will attack. They’ve resented the man for how many years? And now he’s vulnerable.
Reading this, you may think this is a Pluto thing, but it’s more likely this happens during a Neptune transit. Elizabeth Taylor once made this very Piscean remark: “I feel off my pink cloud with a thud.”
I feel sorry for a person who winds up in the water like this. I just don’t think they’re equipped to swim. But I know many would be happy to see them drown. This is a common effect caused by years of resentment.
It’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re someone floating up there, above the others who swim in the water, among sharks. Situations like this tend to be fleeting (and imaginary). You may enjoy thirty or forty or even fifty of protected status before you fall. That may not seem “fleeting”, but once you’re in the water you may realize that it was.
Are you the favored son? Have you ever seen a person take this kind of fall? Is a fall of this type, inevitable?