I received a note asking my opinion regarding last Friday’s royal wedding in Great Britain and the subsequent homage paid to monarchy:
“Dr. Joe, I know you’ll agree with me that the value placed on British lineage is nonsensical.”
I fired back, “Dear reader, don’t judge a book by its cover. I’ll clarify in next week’s column.”
I’ve always been intrigued by the thought of royalty. As a child, I read Mark’s Twain’s, “The Prince and the Pauper,” chronicling the adventures of two young boys who exchange roles and stations in life. In high school I devoured Shakespeare’s plays about the English kings, from Richard II to Henry VIII. Their history, power and influence shaped Western civilization. As a student of Latin, my idols were Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher/king. Although I saw them as men, I believed their stature dealing with circumstance made them magnificent.
In college, as I studied the philosophy of Montesquieu, John Locke and Rousseau, my fascination of monarchy atrophied. The principles of egalitarianism and representative government became omnipotent. There’s nothing noble in being superior to another person.