Entitled: King or Queen (or Amateur Sleuth)

Written by Mark Wm Smith

An overeducated, blue-collar cowboy, Mark Wm Smith grew up on along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Eastern Montana. Raised by a long haul trucker and a bartending waitress, Mark learned the hard ways of the modern frontier, scraping life from the unforgiving high chaparral.

May 17, 2018

What started it all was a neighbor who bought a big, like in full size, four-wheel drive pickup truck with attitude.

I don’t know if he made the purchase with attitude, per se. But the vehicle is obnoxious. Not by itself, sitting in a pasture near grazing cattle, or beside a John Deere 7R series tractor. But crowded into a cramped condominium parking lot next to a Ford Escape and a Honda Civic, this truck has swagger.

It started me thinking about people who assume the position of privilege.

“Royals… without cause.”

In other countries, they call those people Americans. But, I’ve noticed some Immigrants who claim the trait quite nicely, as well. They have lots of derivations. Rugged individualist. Self-made man. Type A personality. Entrepreneur. Go-getter. Survivor. Consecrated. Ball of fire. Hard worker. Dynamo.

As I was driving through traffic later that day, cursing all of the jackass drivers holding up my mission in life, I couldn’t help wondering who the angry guy in my rear view mirror thought he was.

“Something before me, and greater than me, made all of this happen. Life is bigger than I am. And it includes others like me.”

Whether we believe God created us, or the Universe exploded into something recognizable, or Space Aliens planted us, we are all part of this same truth.


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