A man’s reaction to Monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be “debunked;” but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumor of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.
CS Lewis: “Equality” in Present Concerns
So beautifully stated – this idea has been on my mind recently, for I think it ties in to the idea of honoring parents. I think the instances of Kings being “divinely appointed,” or the divine right of kings has been very few and far between. It has happened, but it is a far step (not to say a very chasm) from there and the fallacy that insists that every ruler was appointed by God. This (latter) belief is sometimes accepted by good men, but who have been amused and are literally also away from thinking, whose manhood and ability to think and reason has been stolen from them, not taught them, but abolished. And this fallacy is generally perpetuated by the power seekers themselves, for it is in their favor to be so thought of. But to feel that idea (of the beauty of monarchy) to be romantic is a good and natural thing, and to not understand it at all is to have lost our humanity, and our sense for the good, the true and the beautiful, and our appreciation of archetypes. The one place I believe this idea is always true, is with parents. Every one of our parents was given to us by God. And whether good or bad, these are the people- like the family Chesterton speaks of (people we are put into families with, and told to get along). These are the people we must learn to love, honor and obey. And I believe that the words of Lewis ring monumentally true at home and hearth as well – where men are forbidden to honor parents, they will honor millionaires, athletes and film stars. I wonder if the idea of monarchy is not merely a child idea who has lost his own love for parents, and has wandered away in the dark, and given his love to newly found replacements, and false images.
(I should add that I believe the archetype is possibly a true one – our rulers were possibly intended to be appointed by God. But in a world like today’s, God is dead, and so also is his rule. But it is still a question mark- why did God, with the children of Israel seem to prefer sending prophets than appointing Kings?)
~ Watergirl 🌸