01/05/2011

The Royal Wedding, Emotions and the European Union

kate et william se marie.jpgThe wedding was truly royal, the spectacle truly spectacular, from the bride's dress through the two kisses right up to the couple's departure in the Aston Martin. Even the weather lived up to the highest expectations. One million people in the streets of London, over two billion watching around the world. British flags waving, thousands of faces painted with the Union Jack. The Empire shone in all its glory, the world basked in the pomp and circumstance.

Why? We know the Empire has ended, reduced to a Commonwealth that struggles to hold even a major athletic event. Royal weddings have lost their shine, sullied in divorces and car accidents involving less than royalty. Yet, there are still remnants of royal dreamers. The starry-eyed young women enthralled by Kate's dress confirmed the multitudes of would-be princesses waiting for their prince charming. Empires die slowly; royalty is still important; fairy tales have a place.

For emotions matter. The European Union was conceived as a customs union created to reduce tariffs on trade. And behind the economic rationality was a political agenda to foster integration to avoid war. It was, it is, so rational, conceived by rational people for rational people.

Watching the royal wedding, seeing the intense joy of the British people singing their anthem, I became more and more convinced that the European Union has totally missed the emotional aspect of belonging. No one will ever sing the anthem of the European Union. The European Union will never field a football team. Brussels bureaucrats are just that, bureaucrats. The antiseptic buildings in Brussels reflect the faceless anonymity of a political institution lacking a heart, or any emotion.

God Save the Queen?  Long live the Prince and Princess of Cambridge? The wedding was a jolly good show with lessons for all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a breath of fresh air in this otherwise deleterious atmosphere. it provided us all collectively with a good dose of " Cheering up" The news we get every day is nothing but misery , catastrophy, wars. . .in short "bad news" to the exclusion of anything good. Yesterday was different and it showed on the faces of the crowd who had come to watch. One TV reporter on our news network said that the people in the crowd were " Being polite and nice to each other". . . Wow!! How unusual. . I wonder why ? During the early 1940s when we were being bombed nightly and many civilians were being killed , it would have been easy to have slipped into a state of despair, but Churchill would have non of that and instead inspired, and encouraged everyone to be positive. Sure, , things were going badly at the time but he and the media of the day never dwelt on it. I remember the BBC radio programmes were light hearted with comedy shows and variety shows that kept us laughing and helped us survive the mental anguish and stress that was always present

Écrit par : Grumpy | 02/05/2011

it provided us all collectively with a good dose of " Cheering up" The news we get every day is nothing but misery , catastrophy, wars. . .in short "bad news" to the exclusion of anything good. Yesterday was different and it showed on the faces of the crowd who had come to watch. One TV reporter on our news network said that the people in the crowd were " Being polite and nice to each other". . . Wow!! How unusual. . I wonder why ? During the early 1940s when we were being bombed nightly and many civilians were being killed , it would have been easy to have slipped into a state of despair, but Churchill would have non of that and instead inspired, and encouraged everyone to be positive. Sure, , things were going badly at the time but he and the media of the day never dwelt on it. I remember the BBC radio programmes were light hearted with comedy shows and variety shows that kept us laughing and helped us survive the mental anguish and stress that was always present

Écrit par : Grumpy | 02/05/2011

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