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Royalty and Rethinking the Importance of Blood

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Royalty isn’t in the blood; it’s in the deeds. Creative Commons: AllVectors

I was at a party on the weekend and of course the conversation came around to the Australian radio announcers who badly imitated the Queen and Prince Charles, to ask about Kate’s health, and the news of the death of the nurse who had answered the phone. Talk ranged from it being pretty weird to kill oneself for answering the phone, was she reprimanded, the announcers weren’t even convincing, etc. And then someone said something like, “well, mudblood Kate is diluting the family line.” I bit my tongue and said nothing even though the comment angered me. With a couple of Brits in the room and a lot of people I didn’t know, I didn’t think it would have been right to start a discussion (argument) over this sentiment.

And what sentiment is that? Well, it’s obvious here. I don’t even know if Kate is a “mudblood” or a “commoner” but both the terms used on an actual human being rankle me a lot. The British royal family, or any royalty for that fact are nothing more than human beings. Dissect one, sample their blood and hair, and you will not be able to tell a “common person” from a “royal person.” Royalty are not descended from gods though in some past cultures this was considered a fact. They are not imbued with blood that is blue, laced with gold, or any wise purer than yours or mine. Another reason why the continuing and devolving Star Wars saga rankled when it turned out Jedi knights didn’t attain their status through hard work and meditation but through some special gene. Still, that’s something royalty doesn’t have; a special gene.

Are they royal or are they common? Only money can tell. Jonas Ekstromer / SCANPIX/ FILE

Are they royal or are they common? Only money can tell. Jonas Ekstromer / SCANPIX/ FILE

Any one, any where who can claim they’re related to or are royalty can do so because in the past someone’s army, or conniving skills, or political savvy, or massive riches, or poison penknife was better than someone else’s. Kings and queens have come and gone and royal lines have died out because the opposing force got one over on them. There was no special blood, no divine ray of light, no mighty god-given powers that made one royal, just good old human skill and knowledge and charisma.

So why do we have this fascination with royalty? If you or I were born with a gold spoon in some part of our anatomy, we would suddenly be more special. Is Paris Hilton and Stephen Harper (kak!) two of our modern royals? Well, one has money and one has power but their reputations and compassion are questionable. In fact, in many cases what denotes someone as royal is a wealth of worldly riches, sometimes built up over generations and centuries and often on the backs and tithes of the common people. Once, way back in feudal times, the point was that the leader/land owner was supposed to protect the community from outside forces (invaders, pillagers, etc.) but it became a way of prestige and power over. I doubt Britain’s queen (or any other country’s) does much to protect the people from the ravening hordes.

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Hermione was a mudblood because her parents had no magic talent. In that case, there was something in the blood (genes) but offspring could still become wizards.

Monarchies are outdated in today’s world and as an egalitarian I cannot support any royalty based on blood and riches. Every person has the right to be treated well, and respect is earned. Give me the wealth of the royal family and I will look as elegant and do as much good (or ill). Why put someone on a pedestal for being “royal” because they were born into a state of privilege? In that case, worship Donald Trump, or Warren Buffet or Idi Amin or Richard Branson or J.K. Rowling, because they at least seized their power in different ways.

So, let’s wind this back around to mudbloods and a woman alleged to have killed herself over passing on a phone call. The fallout is the woman is dead and that is tragic. The fallout is that the radio announcers’ program has been suspended. The fallout is that other radio stations (one in Vancouver for example) have announced they will no longer do pranks, as if pranks are evil in their own right. Overreacting and doing the overly politically correct thing is what we do these days. But it is so much overreaction that it’s created more questions than why do people fawn over royalty? Why would someone kill themselves for such a thing? Was she killed? If so, that speaks of an even more corrupt and broken society than even suicide does.

I suggest everyone get out of the fairy tale world, don’t imagine themselves with a prince or princess, don’t wait for a knight in shining armor, but go and live a life of worth. Do wonderful things, be a compassionate person, make your deeds and words count. And in that way, it matters not what blood courses through your veins, nor how much money is in your bank account, but what you do with the life you have. Then you too will be noble and that’s all that really counts.

 

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Prince Chuck Turns 60

It was in the news today. England’s Prince Charles turned 60, the oldest Prince of Wales ever. The media hyped it as “he’s been waiting his whole life to be king.” Well, la de dah. I’ve been waiting forever to be queen or a goddess and it’s not happening either.

But besides sour grapes I think the monarchy is a thing of the past. Over the millennia of culture growing and changing (and it seems, sometimes devolving) we’ve gone from loose-knit tribes through feudal states and monarchies to the current trend of dictatorships, distorted democracies and fanatical regimes. Hmmm, maybe we haven’t evolved or changed as much as we thought.

The media talked about Prince Chuck throwing himself into environmental and humanitarian affairs. That’s great. Really. And I doubt he or much of the royal family would survive long if they just sat around on their royal duffs. But you know, I too could do great works and wonders if I had the wagon loads of cash these guys have. And I would get to wear expensive jewels, attend gala affairs and be called ruler of my country when in fact I was nothing but a figurehead.

Yep, there are no teeth to the British royal family. Should they exert their might they would find it circumvented very quickly. After 1600 and Cromwell’s reign royalty roles changed. Unlike France, where they lost their heads, or Russia where the royalty went to a mass grave, the Brits managed to stay in some semblance of power.

What I’ve never been able to understand is the kowtowing that my country, Canada does to Britain. Once upon a time we were a colony. But we gained independence, didn’t we? Yet our coins are festooned with the head of Queen Elizabeth II and our constitution has her listed as the top honcho. The Governor General, a role appointed by the Prime Minister, is the Queen’s representative in Canada. Again it’s mostly a figurehead role though the Governor General is head of the Canadian armed forces. Could we see a day where the Governor General raised up in a coup, representing the queen (or king), and fought parliament for the right of sovereign soil?

I doubt it but weirder things have happened. Still, the role of Governor General, or monarch of Britain for that matter is that of cheerleader and publicist. A very rich publicist but when it comes to politics we (Britain, Canada, probably a few other countries that still have monarchs) let our elected politicians make decisions. It’s not that much better or different. We don’t pay tithes to the king or queen anymore but we pay enough in taxes that it equals a king’s ransom. But look at the countries with no figureheads; it’s not a lot different. Still, I prefer at least the belief that I chose who is ruling my country than someone who gets born to the position.

And should anyone wish to make me queen or goddess, I promise to do as much as the British royal family.

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