Quote by Stephen King
They had become a fixed star in the shifting firmament of the high school's relationships, the acknowledged Romeo and Juliet. And she knew with sudden hatefulness that there was one couple like them in every white suburban high school in America.
The quote reflects the speaker's realization about the couple's status within their high school's social landscape. By describing them as a "fixed star," it implies that they were a well-known couple with a romantic and tragic reputation, much like Romeo and Juliet. However, the speaker's sudden "hatefulness" suggests their disillusionment with this notion. They recognize that this archetype of a captivating, doomed love story is actually a pervasive clichÃ© found in every white suburban high school across America, stripping it of its uniqueness and authenticity.
Jesus said several times, Come, follow me. His was a program of do what I do, rather than do what I say. His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long-distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.