Prince Harry offered a job at Burger King: Status is fickle but service changes the world

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“Dear Dukes: If you’re looking for a job, we have a new crown for you.” So states an ad by Burger King, which was followed by a tweet: “Harry, this royal family offers part-time positions.”

The company explained: “We found out that the prince and the duchess decided to give up their roles in the royal family and will work to become financially independent. So, we have a proposition for you: Do as thousands of people and take your first steps in the world of work with us. You know that the crown will suit you perfectly.” 

Commentators responded that Burger King “won” the Internet for the day. 

Before they were famous, Rachel McAdams was employed at McDonald’s for three years, Beyoncé worked in her mother’s hair salon, Johnny Depp sold pens, Eva Mendes served hot dogs at a food court, and Tom Cruise was a bellhop at a hotel. 

My first job was at Dairy Queen; perhaps that makes me royalty as well? 

Would you hire an actor to fix your plumbing? 

The fact that Burger King’s offer to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is such effective advertising exposes two problems in our culture. 

First, we measure value by status. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,380 Americans work in the motion picture and video industries. Approximately 3.8 million Americans work in the fast-food industry. 

Imagine a world without food-service professionals, or construction workers, or auto mechanics, or electricians. Would you hire an actor to fix your plumbing, or a plumber to star in your next play? 

My point is not to disparage or elevate celebrities or plumbers. It is to note that our society depends on multiplied millions of people who do vital jobs we seldom appreciate fully. 

The same is true spiritually. Paul likened the church to a body and asked: “If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?” (1…

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