“Kiddo, let me tell you a story,” Berger says. “A very simple story. About this perfect kid who had a younger brother. A not-so-perfect kid. And all the time they were growing up, this not-so-perfect kid tried to model himself after his brother, the perfect kid. It worked, too. After all, they were a lot alike, and the not-so-perfect kid was a very good actor. Then, along came this sailing accident, and the impossible happened. The not-so-perfect kid makes it. The other kid, the one he has patterned his whole life after, isn’t so lucky…Listen, you know what you did? You hung on, kiddo.
–Judith Guest, Ordinary People
There it is – way down inside me
There’s a real man
–Todd Rundgren, Real Man