I cannot fathom the penchant for titles, especially among Americans. The USA was founded on the premise that all people are created equal and each person has the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And yet, so many Americans search for the ancestral links to titled progenitors.
Living in a small country, next door to the largest generator of titled personages in western Europe, I must express my dismay. The presence of a ‘royal’ line diminishes all those beneath it, makes subjects of people who are rightly citizens. If you live in a country founded on equality and freedom, why do you seek servility and bow to privilege?
Why is it important to you to be related to a person of ‘royal’ lineage? All that means is your ancestor was more bloodthirsty, more devious, more morally reprehensible, more willing to grovel for favor than the next person. Only those who were in the ruler’s favor gained or kept titles. To accomplish that, they, more often than not, had to set aside any personal integrity. Do you truly want to be the progeny of a person who, for the love of privilege, caged a child or imprisioned a toddler (Gwenllian merch Llewelyn) at the behest of his/her king?
Here’s a sobbing fact: anyone claiming ancestral links to titled people is 99.99% certain to be a peasant. If you can trace your ancestry back beyond the first census, there is an overwhelming possibility your ancestor was listed as chattel on an estate.
Thankfully then, there is an excellent chance you do not carry the genes of sycophants at all – unless your ancestor was the victim of a ‘royal’s’ sexual assault.
Give me real people in real circumstances overcoming obstacles and finding love where they least expect it.
By the way, if I am not in Ireland, I will be in total media blackout on 29 April 2011.