Letters to the editor are often noted by their concision, a good reason not to write them in the minds of some.
But the electronic world of “tweets” marches on and will soon replace a well-crafted letter or even editorials no matter how concisely they are presented.
The problem with concision is that it is difficult to give due diligence to the exception, and exceptions are what sometimes make the world interesting and give hope for better ways to do things.
So, with apologies to the good and bold knights of the past, and the true and caring clerics of the present, I offer this general condemnation of monarchism and churchism.
I could easily have included nationalism as the third component of this triad of evil but then there’s the problem of concision.
In keeping with this years crop of “knights of the garter” appointments, I am reminded of Mick Jagger and his knighthood some years ago.
I am also reminded that, concomitantly, Keith Richards declined the honour and established himself as the rock of that group while Jagger was the roll.
But the Jagger award, along with many others before and since, is just another symptom that monarchism in the western tradition has all but choked on its own absurdity.
By contrast, contemporary monarchs of the middle eastern variety are only now in the full bloom of their oil-based power and domination over people.
But the oil will go and so will they.
The world will soon see the end of kings, sheiks, shahs, potentates and high clerics of all kinds.
Indeed, the 21st century will be noted for this distinction.
The history of monarchism and churchism is nothing short of a dung-heap of deeds.
It is a history of war and rape, molestation and deceit, murder and treachery, domination and manipulation.
But as they wither, and they surely will, beware of pretenders to these crowns of power, be vigilant of those dark egos who would fill the void and promise us economic salvation … heaven on Earth.
Monarchism and churchism have become absurd.
Clerics, ayatollahs and evangelics have become dangerous. They were always dangerous, it’s just that more of us modern day serfs and infidels are acutely aware of this.
We used to publicly hang child molesters and rapists. Countless numbers have escaped justice over time, become chameleons sequestered in the enclaves of church power. Kings and churches indeed.
I was once acquainted with the writing of a rather obscure and minor thinker of the early 19th century who remarked at one point, “the world will not rest until the last king is hung by the guts of the last priest.”
Pity the enslaved, but despise the enslaver.