The Nameless Heir

I knew a man who referred to, and even addressed, his son as, “My son and heir”. In this way he was unconsciously confessing that he regarded his son primarily as a reflection of his own glory and guarantor of his social position, a tool of his own prestige and continuity. The son as an actual person was thus rendered invisible. It is probably no coincidence that the father never addressed him by his proper forename either, but by only a diminutive that the son hated, and that no one else ever used.

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 13:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, My Son, The Doctor

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