How many times have we seen people treating someone a certain way — good or bad, because of who their parents are? Countless, right? The children are treated well if their parents have a good reputation. They are not if their parents don’t. Favours are showered upon when their parents are influential. They are denied if their parents are not. So on and so forth.
Is it fair? Of course not! Everyone should be treated according to who they are as individuals. Our parents are only a part of us. Many other parts come together to form the complete “us.” Our personal experiences, our companions, our surroundings etc. mould us in ways that our parents too could never imagine, let alone have a hold on. So how is it right to judge someone on the basis of just their family name?
Yet almost everyone does it. But till when? That is where the irony of life sets in. It goes on till people get a taste of the individual they are dealing with. If it favours them, they continue with it. If it doesn’t, they stop. We might walk in today as so and so’s kid. But we walk out of someone’s memory years later as who we are.
It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be.
— Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire