Do We By Nature Crave Monarchs?

monarchy-graphittiI honestly don’t know if I entirely agree with Lewis on this one. Experience and observation tell me it is at least partly true – probably more than partly – but I have little doubt it would be a helluva fun topic to discuss with a group of smart friends amidst plenty of wine, beer and cider. (Forgive me for perpetuating a quotation with gender-biased language, but I hesitate to alter another person’s words and so I’ll leave it as it was originally said.)

“Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour 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 mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour 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.”

– C.S. Lewis

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