Exploring the Social Imagination

Monday, May 21, 2018

Facination with Royalty and the like.... in the Social Imagination!

First, what is the 'like'? The like refers to American's re-creation of royalty using Hollywood actors/actresses. That is why we accept pairing of a certain prince with a certain Hollywood princess. It seems like the right thing to do, right?  Well, in the American Social Imagination... yes!

In a 2014 article, found in the Observer, one can read a very interesting take on 'Royalty' in the American Social Imagination. It is interesting to read that Americans are fascinated with royalty and that is even strange when  you consider that America was founded on the premise that an individual's good idea and hard work will make them a success story in their own right.  Here are a few excerpts:

A few years ago I debated atheist Richard Dawkins at the University of Toronto at the Idea City convention. He went on about how religion is a lie. There was no proof for God. So why did people insist on perpetuating this lie? He insisted that he had nothing against religion, other than the fact it was not true.

When it was my turn I asked, “Since you’re a British subject, did you ever find scientific evidence that some people are born with blue blood? That royalty is born with a different DNA structure to us mortals? And if not, why do you perpetuate it? Why does the “lie” of religion bother you but not the lie of royalty? Why haven’t you devoted your life and your books to refuting that lie?” There was no response.

Which begs the question: Why are we Americans—for all our history—so fascinated with this stuff? Why did the royal visit dominate the headlines in New York where the American revolution was felt so deeply and which spent much of the war under royalist occupation. Americans back then hated their king and did everything to get rid of him. Now, we go gaga over a royal visit?

Is it a human need to deify humanity? Is it that in an increasingly godless age we all require objects of worship? Or perhaps it has something to do merely with celebrity. The royal family is famous.
Or perhaps in an age of flimsy and ephemeral novelty we have nostalgia for something old, and yet unbroken, and ancient. If I had to guess I would say it’s something different entirely.

The underlying attraction to royalty is the human desire for an effortless life, where all things are magical and where all beauty is innate. A meritocracy has its own rewards. It allows ordinary people to become extraordinary, but it always involves hard work: the entrepreneur who must burn the midnight oil to build his business. The rising politician who must travel around the country begging rich people for money to make his candidacy viable. They are people who are all those things—rich, beautiful, wonderful—without any effort at all. They are angels who live among us.

And royalty is fantasy in the flesh. An impossible, effortless, wealthy, magical existence that seemingly requires no effort or struggle. I get it. And I’m drawn to that world as well. Would it were that all men were princes and all women princesses... a social phenomenon existing in all cultures.

And, how ironic that given the height of our so called humanity in a post modern social imagination whereby we condone the rich... we yet continue to imagine the life of royalty to be a place of absolute heaven. Which suggests that we long for a place called heaven. And, such a heaven is absolute. We long to be back in it. You see, heaven is real as we do imagine it. It is the place where we long to be and find ourselves outside of. It is a place that we yearn to be in rather than this fallen world. So, we try to build it here and now and hand it over to those we think deserve it.

Yes, we put people into the 'heaven' of the social imagination. But, its only a heaven that we have created out of our own feelings of hopelessness in this fallen world. Why do we do that? Because, inside of us, even in this fallen world, is the Truth and the Truth is that we all belong to His 'heavenly' Kingdom where all who believe in the Truth who is Jesus Christ... born, lived and died for our sins  was buried and rose again... and will come again to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom will have no end!

But, sadly rather tragically, there is one who continues to condemn us to this place...Our battle is against him and perhaps in our desperation to get back to the Truth we try to show him that we do believe in heaven and so we create it here. Rather, its he (Satan) who is trying to create in us a false heaven (devouring the Truth that is within) leading us to believe that this place is our only hope for heaven on earth.

*Source ~ http://observer.com/2014/12/americas-strange-fascination-with-royalty/

1 comment :

  1. The Lord Remains Faithful
    ...the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles would hear it. So I was delivered from the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will rescue me from every evil action and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen~ 2 Timothy 4:17-18.