Congratulations to Kate Middleton and Prince William.
Yes, good on the royal parents for having a child. She looks adorable and I’m sure she’ll be a good princess. The point here, though, is to think about how the enormity of the event impacts ‘our’ children. By diverting attention from the estimated twenty-nine thousand children who die each day due to preventable causes, we propagate a system that institutionalizes the systematic exclusion of ‘others’ for the sake of ‘royalty’.
This is nothing new to the notion of ‘royalty’; in fact the very basis of the continued existence of the whole idea of royalty is based on the idea of ‘distance’, or divine imperative. You are ‘royal’ so you have a divine right to rule over me.
In my view, this is ridiculous.
The focus on the birth of a new royal child obscures the pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of ‘other’ children – each of which could be more worthy and capable of ruling a group of people or a nation. History will hold us accountable for this.
Which of us are able to look beyond the ‘royal’ and to move towards the ‘us’? Is royalty even worthy of our support? What of the ‘others’? Where should our attention be directed? How should we best move forward as ‘persons’?
Author: Jason Milburn Google