Par­lia­ment’s prayer

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

True democ­racy has noth­ing what­so­ever to do with the ridicu­lous no­tion of ‘‘roy­alty’’ (Let­ters, Nov 13). . The Wind­sors are ac­tu­ally a bar­rier to the true demo­cratic ideal of ‘‘gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, for the peo­ple, by the peo­ple’’.

Je­sus might well have es­poused prin­ci­ples closer to the mark: His ‘‘Do unto oth­ers as you would they should do unto you’’ is pretty close to the Left-wing prin­ci­ple of: ‘‘From each ac­cord­ing to his abil­ity; to each ac­cord­ing to his needs’’.

I imag­ine most think­ing peo­ple dis­missed the idea of ‘‘re­li­gion’’ of any sort when they were in­tro­duced to the sci­en­tific un­der­stand­ing of botany, bi­ol­ogy, physics, evo­lu­tion, etc. And think of the nut­ters who have turned some­times nice moral philoso­phies of peo­ple like Je­sus and Bud­dha into fa­nat­i­cal and bu­reau­cratic sys­tems of con­trol. Why pro­mote it?

Sim­i­larly, isn’t the idea of ‘‘roy­alty’’ merely a tool in the craven prop­a­ga­tion of a myth­i­cal class sys­tem which works as­sid­u­ously to pro­mote en­ti­tle­ment and power to the rul­ing classes?

Per­haps we could have an Open­ing Dec­la­ra­tion in Par­lia­ment that ex­horts all elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple to work for prin­ci­ples such as Truth, Jus­tice and Love.

JU­DITH BRYERS HOL­LOWAY

Levin

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