Aristocracy on this planet may imply nobility, but surely we humans realize:
All that glitters is not gold.
Since this August marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and people around the world may be considering this concept of monarchy, I want to examine the lifestyle of the elite to see how one who regards oneself as royalty behaves. What do they really value? Are they a good example for the common people to follow?
For a great Biblical perspective, I highly recommend Kris Vallotton’s “The Supernatural Ways of Royalty.” It is an amazing book and one of the very first that I read which was written by a staff pastor at Bethel in California – so obviously I’m not presuming to add anything to his work here! If anything, I’m attempting to juxtapose our concept of earthly iconic figures with the virtues of spiritual royalty.
Aristocracy may be seem a bit irrelevant to us Americans – but earthlings around the globe have almost always been fascinated by wealth and power. Wealth and power not only tends to corrupt; often fine moral people are corrupted and end up not simply ruling the lower classes, but abusing those less fortunate in the most heinously imaginative ways.
Who would believe the land of the free and the home of the brave would fall to the same degradation as so many of the nations that have preceded it?
Yes it’s another red pill for my friends who have stopped by for a visit. Honestly I’m not selfishly trying to antagonize or afflict your sense of comfort – writing is actually much more a selfless act for me because I despise having to sit and explain myself.
It is simply that IMPORTANT my dear friends…that we wake up and we understand that the monarchy in England is a farce, and they had their beautiful Princess Diana murdered. Diana discovered some unsavory facts about her Blessed Royal family and she couldn’t wait to escape them. And yet our magazines and tabloid television continue creating fairy tales for Us To idolize.
In much the same vein we will continue with our rant regarding any idol that we set before our rosy colored eyeballs! Blast that delusional idealism out of your cobwebbed left hemisphere…
Thankfully, many hard-working Americans are waking up to this farce of the “royal family” and other ruling elitists’ with their collective agendas. Documentaries and movies paying homage to the Royals are highly scripted and no doubt highly scrutinized prior to their release. How soon we mere humans forget that the images we see are purely snapshots of a moment in time – never a true example of the reality of one’s daily life. If a picture is worth a thousand words; then could that picture not paint a full blown fantasy rather easily without having to speak a single word?
Given our mass consumption of digital media, you might think that discernment or the ability to recognize fiction may have increased. But the elites in the motion picture industry are highly skilled at crafting illusion. And most of us aren’t energetic enough to use critical thinking skills unless we are being paid to do so.
This complacency plus the propensity of the American people to idolize celebrities is a luring aphrodisiac which shuts down reasoning particularly quick in some of us mortals.
Not so in the minds of the ambitious and highly educated leaders of tomorrow, however. Those who are trained to think figure it out first….why should actors, singers, and artists be the only privileged ones who regularly bask in the glory of their adoring fans?
Perhaps the lifestyle of a celebrity wasn’t considered highly important in the early twentieth century, nor anywhere near a possibility for the vast majority of the population in the decades that followed; but upward reaching mobile cosmopolites have become the norm in the twenty first.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wealth – I believe God wants us to prosper. We simply have some often overwhelming issues that need to be addressed on this glamorous side of the economic spectrum – wealth brings with it too many choices.
If it were in one’s power to do so, how many of us could resist the photoshopped image, the photoshopped lifestyle; the harmless little temptation to cover up our flaws – both physical imperfections and character deficits?
Slippery slope makes slime that camouflages one’s more grievous transgressions; yet sooner or later we forget what the original misdeeds were that we were covering up in this synthetic reality that is becoming our life! So the pampered pet that we’ve become bores rather easily – yet soon discovers the entertainment factor of creating entirely false narratives. Like celebrities….
Fame and power are the narcissist’s nectar and have long been the most precious prize for the privileged few…even many, if not most, of those would-be sacrificial servants we elect to represent us in Washington D.C.
What so many Americans unconsciously dismiss is the bigger picture – the pursuit of all things bright and beautiful has always been taken for granted particularly for the privileged gentry. But few realize how elitism has morphed into something so much more sinister.
All would have been well, if only greed and avarice weren’t progressive; as is the nature of any addiction. In a very real sense, it is addiction that has not only manipulated governments but destroyed them, and ruined the lives of the working classes around the globe.
The lust of the flesh and the pride of life has created an economy which is dependent upon illicit drug trade, altered the earth’s natural weather cycles, supplied arms to terrorist groups, bolstered an ever growing organ harvesting trade, and has murdered probably thousands of innocent CHILDREN. Just a little thing called….
G R E E D