Monday, May 2, 2011
The Dark King is Dead
My idea this morning was to write about royalty. I've been thinking about it since the royal wedding, thinking about how, as an American, I could never quite understand the way my British friends feel about their monarch and her family. Most of my British friends are either slightly anti-royal or fiercely anti-royal. They find my fascination with the crown vulgar, or at least misguided, since we have no royal family here.
If my beloved George Washington had accepted the crown, who knows what the U.S. would look like now? Washington was offered the job of King of America, oh yeah. The amazing this is: he said no thank you. What a guy.
I try to remember that all the monarchies in Europe, once upon a time, did not exist. Somewhere along the way, warrior-chiefs decided to make themselves kings. It was a trend that swept through Europe way back when. The royal families were not ordained by God or anything. Nevertheless, over time and after a few generations, the royals generate a different energy than the rest of us. It's palpable. So interesting to think about.
I was going to write about idealized monarchs, King Arthur for instance. I was going to write about Ghenghis Khan and his great, harrowing life as Emperor of a huge swath of Asia and Europe.
But then this morning I heard that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. That news took the air out of my lungs for a minute or two. As I said the other day when I posted a tarot image of the World Trade Center tower, on fire and falling, even though 9/11 was ten years ago, it still has traumatic resonance when I think about that terrible day.
But I do NOT cheer or celebrate this assassination. I'm surprised by the news, and it does feel like closure in a certain way, but partying all night because someone has been killed? I don't get it.
In his own way, Bin Laden was a dark king, royalty of the wrong kind. May he find peace and healing beyond the veil and may the orgy of celebrative revenge so many people are now experiencing fade sooner rather than later. May it be so.
One of my Facebook friends posted this Ghandi quote this morning: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
I agree completely. Oh yeah.