Long before there was an Europe or Christianity or a Christian empire, there were several empires in the Near and Far East. The Near East (Middle East) is the location I am addressing today. Let me preface my remarks by admitting my own longing for a return to the ancient tradition of monarchs. Why I prefer it is simple: the monarch brings a balance to civilization. I don’t mean to eschew voting for local issues, however, on a national level, voting, or who votes, needs to be restricted to those who have a direct stake in the ground. Yes, that means no universal suffrage. No, this does not mean people of color cannot vote-don’t even think to say that didn’t cross your mind -it means people who are not connected to the country, they cannot vote. When I say not connected, I mean single people who do not own land. The owning of land means, anyone who owns a small house is eligible. Or even a condo. The point is, people who own things, like real estate, tend to be more responsible than those who don’t. Additionally, If it were up to me, I would allow only married folks to vote! Yes, I am that badass when it comes to such things. Think how this will encourage marriage and family life, and discourage roaming, single males, and the constant divorce we now experience throughout the West. Or the #metoo.
Well, enough of the background on my thinking. I came here today to address the idea and ideal, of monarchy. My fellow monarchists tend to think of a monarch as Christian. They want to see the old, princely houses returned to their status. Many are quite keen on seeing the Hapsburg empire restored, along with its religious focus. It would be, objectively looking at it, the EU with a monarch and the Roman Catholic Church restored to its function as a religious uniter. I do have questions about the other religions that now call Europe home, but that can wait for another day. The point is, when it comes to thinking what is best for a civilization, our real model is not European or Christian. It’s an ancient place: Mesopotamia. Babylon. Civilizations which are the direct descendants of Sumer.
Sumer is the first civilization, as we know it, to be developed. The Sumerians may have been the first peoples to understand that the Earth was not under the control of a god or gods. Nonetheless, their creation story is “peopled” by deities. It is suggested by scholars that the primary reason for the adaptation of Sumer’s basic creation story by Babylon was for the purpose of organizing its own civilization. In organizing that civilization, they needed not only a god, they needed a strong, male figure, that would also keep the Sumerian/Babylonian king under control. I speak of the god, Marduk, who, in the story of Sumerian/Babylonian creation, killed the goddess, Tiamat. (You can read the story in the book, Primal Myths, or you can take my class next year on The Story of Humanity.) Sumer is known as the land of the civilized kings. And I suggest Babylon wanted the same reputation.
The kings of Mesopotamia were kept under control by the priests, who, at the yearly celebration of the New Year, forced the king to walk to the temple, and confess his wrong doings and failures before the priests of Marduk. Oh yes, confessing in front of a priest is an old device used on human beings for thousands of years. Yes, religion does work. Fear of a god works. The attempt to emulate a god works even better. Because what king wouldn’t want to be like Marduk, who is brainy, bold and buff?
Moderns wonder why their elected officials ignore them. Ha! Those elected officials have no fear of anyone except the elites. And when the elites are godless, well, heaven help us all. Can you see why the modern monarchists want a king who is controlled by God? A monarch, male or female, who emulates Jesus or Mary, may not be perfect, but the idea is they strive for betterment. Of themselves. If you think it would be a bad thing to imitate Christ, I'd like to know why you think that.
I do not suggest a return to a dogmatic world. Nonetheless, traditions that work must be reintroduced into this world gone mad. The best tradition is that of emulating a god, not a celebrity or political plaything of the elites. Have bankers fear a righteous king, for they will not fear the populace.
I think of a monarch as the center of a wheel, holding all the spokes together as they fan out to form the wheel of time. I would have it so, yes. What about you?