As Kate delivers a new born prince, we continue to worship those who keep us blind
It never ceases to amaze me how cultures which hold freedom in such high regard continue to worship a higher power. Presently, I can think of no better example than Kate Middleton giving birth to the Prince of Cambridge. It’s as if Jesus was reborn on an island off the western coast of Europe.
I’ve always looked at freedom as being without an authority figure, without a master. I’ve never understood how someone could feel free when they’re made to obey one man’s rule, whether they’re living, dead or mythological.
Despite our freedom loving ways, we worship gods/prophets and obey their ancient laws never fully realizing the oppression and control that comes with it. They’ll have you believe that if you submit to them now, good things will come when you pass away, as if freedom only comes with death.
We also continue to worship those who used to be regarded as gods; our royalty. Although the way we adulate them has changed through the ages, the adoration remains. The only difference is that it now comes in the form of celebrity worship rather than the edge of a sword.
Now, I can understand why Britons have an interest in the royal family. Despite their parliamentary democracy, the queen (or king) is still technically their head of state and any citizen should take an interest in their leaders, but they take it just a little bit too far. After all, these days they’re not much more than a family of billionaire goodwill ambassadors.
If that is what the royal family is in England, exactly what are they in the eyes of the commonwealth? The queen is still my head of state here in Canada, but in name only. She hasn’t interfered in Canada’s affairs for as long as I can remember, nor would I want her to. I don’t bow to any queen.
While I reject royalty and deities in order to live as free as I can, I find it ironic that the country that professes to be the freest in the world does not.
The United States has an extremely religious population determined to roll back the personal freedoms of others by implementing god’s laws across the land.
There are also a lot of people within the US utterly obsessed with a royal family they rebelled against nearly two and half centuries ago. If anyone should care less about the House of Windsor, it’s Americans, but over the last thirty years, it’s as if America’s obsession with the fairy-tales of others grew as the American dream died.
I for one would rather see what the royal family is doing for the country and the commonwealth (if anything), than see what Kate is wearing that day… and every day. Celebrity worship is rampant in westernised cultures, but for some reason when it comes to royalty it takes on a whole new meaning.
A new prince being born is history and certainly news worthy, but he is just a baby. He doesn’t warrant half a dozen different articles in every newspaper and every website. “Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy”, “Royal baby quiz: what do you know?” “Fight to give boy a normal childhood”, “All royal baby name bets are on”… These are just some articles in the Guardian.
If religion is opium for the masses, celebrity must be the Heroin. It’s a more powerful drug that lets us escape the realities of the world and ignore the problems that fester from it.
I will never bow to gods or kings, but I will never lose faith in man. The British Monarchy and even the church do some important work, especially on the charity front. The trouble is we worship what they represent rather than what they do or have done.
What good is a crucifix around your neck if you don’t try to help the poor? What fun is there in guessing the name of a future king when you neglect your own kingdom?
Just a thought…