It's the most powerful position on earth, the Presidency of The United States of America, but there appears to be something about the job that turns hair grey.
There is no doubt that the job is stressful, and there is no question too, that stress does cause the greying of human hair; all one needs do is google stress and human hair and read all about the connection of the two, as well as the effect of the one upon the other.
But if stress is associated with the change in the colour of human hair, isn't it also reasonable to assume that stress is also associated with genuine care?
Greying hair may well be proof that the greying one cares enough to be experiencing sleepless nights and deep hours of excruciating thought about how to do his job well.
It really should not matter if one is agonizing over one's work to the point of turning grey if the work is ineffective and not contributing to the betterment of national and even global wellbeing.It is much better to be turning grey as the economic and social conditions improves, but one couldn't care less if someone is working hard but having nothing to show but an increasingly grey head of hair.
One could work hard and remain everlastingly poor as well as woefully ineffective. It's like a goal keeper who anxiously moves about in the goal, flexing his muscles and jumping around, leaping energetically at the ball yet not preventing the opposing side from scoring. His gear is blotched and scratched, but he has produced nothing.
In the real world of need for effective leadership and global responsibility, hard work is simply not enough.Results do matter.
If the President or leader of any country is growing grey and deemed by knowledgable, rational and intelligent people to be performing satisfactorily, then the grey is a sign of honor and the leader worthy of high regard, but if the leader is simply turning grey, it is a totally different matter.
People want to see some worthwhile change in their personal circumstances for all the grey.
The point is that greying as a result of stressful-caring is quite laudable, but it is just not sufficient for job retention, and this goes for any job whatsoever whether it be janitor or king.
But humans make so many decisions based on emotion and feelings of empathy that it might be in the best interest of any leader who relies on an electorate to retain his position, to simply allow the grey hair to cover his entire head.
Humans cannot avoid making connections between one thing and another, quite often in cases where none exists; it is in the human DNA; it is perhaps how we out-survived the dinosaurs. We simply cannot resist being sympathetic to a leader who grows grey while in office; we believe we are somehow the cause of it,and that the leader has earned from us a compensatory response-effort of some sort.
We may well be correct, but this is a subjective matter, and whether leaders grow grey by making decisions that impact our lives for good or ill, the grey hair may indicate no more than simply that the leader's hair turned grey while he was in office and nothing more.