The Eliot Spitzer Hooker Psychodrama playing out in the mainstream media has reminded me of other examples of a SuperGenius father and a cursed son.
What is it about these genius, hard-working, self-made, fathers that makes their sons so misbegotten?
Is it evolutionarily inevitable these sons-of-geniuses can never measure up to the brilliance of their fathers?
Do the sons have a clear realization it is their common destiny to fail to measure up to the mark of their fathers that makes them self-defeating in the public square?
Are these sons only able to propagate their bloodline by demonstrably disappointing — and then killing — the shadow of greatness their upright fathers have cast upon their fallen, mediocre, lives?
Can an ordinary son ever be free of the shine from a father that knows the son will never be the measure of the man he has earned and won?