It occurred to me in a non-epiphany that there are people in this world who, though they probably haven’t articulated it in their minds, aspire to be someone’s crony. I’m speaking of course about the evil-oriented connotation of the word. And the part that strikes me is this can’t possibly be an aspiration from early childhood. Think asking a child what they want to be when they grow up and few are likely to boldly declare, “I wanna be a crony!” Yet, some children will indeed grow up and reach a point in their lives where, somewhere along the way, they develop the desire to latch onto some nefarious person (usually someone of wealth and power) to be – in essence – that individual’s crony.
What’s the trigger? When does the moment happen? How far then must this person journey…from their previous aspiration, to becoming a power-monger’s henchman? After all, one cannot spontaneously be transformed (poof!) into a crony. Can they?