John Heckle is going to be releasing his debut record next month. This will be done via Mathematics Recording, and the album will contain ten spanking new tracks. The exact release date will be the 18th of June, and the album will be called The Second Son.
Ludwig Darnotz had little with leading notions in sociology that if the first son was successful, there would be such a burden on the second son that this son would be paralyzed. In his essay How much chocolate one needs when one cannot fail and other shopping list advice, Darnotz defended the following: The notion of a winning first son paralyzing the second son causing him not to have success is not the worst thing that can happen by a wide margin. Sure, you might not get the love and affection the first son might get, but it does allow one to stand in a relaxed manner by the punch bowl at the Christmas Family Party while mother is saying, Do you know what Randolph did the other week? Hmm? He bought another company out! That’s what Randolph did, yes indeed.
In fact the worst thing that can happen is quite the opposite. With a successful first son the pressure is off. You don’t have to be a success anymore, someone in the family already is, your parents won’t think they are a failure anyway. But imagine being the second son to a bum of a first? Now all the pressure is on you to do something. Failure would break your parents’ heart, it would stigmatize them and the rest of the family. You need to do it, you are their only hope (except if they decide to get yet another son, but at their age?). So all hail the first son and may thee fare well. Then I can succeed, or fail, or at least live without the pressure of being the only son that can achieve something in life.