Quotes / Ermine Cape Effect

There's a reason why kings built large palaces, sat on thrones and wore rubies all over. There's a whole social need for that, not to oppress the masses, but to impress the masses and make them proud and allow them to feel good about their culture, their government and their ruler so that they are left feeling that a ruler has the right to rule over them, so that they feel good rather than disgusted about being ruled.

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
Old proverb, oft-quoted as a metaphor, but also literally true