CASE FOR BENEVOLENT KINGS by
Cliff McKenzie, Editor
ZERO PLUS 1298 DAY--New York, NY, Saturday, April
modern-day king is on his death bed. Long live the king!
In the 21st Century,
one would think that democracy was the single-most important
political and social doctrine in the history of human kind.
Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, the 264th Pope,
was the youngest Pope, at 58, elected in 132 years (pictured
here in 2003)
However, when you look
at the power, structure and impact of the position of the Catholic
Pope, there is a strong case to be made for the preservation
of a "kingdom," a structure where one person rules
over vast numbers and only answers to a "higher authority."
That's certainly the
case of the Catholic Church, and especially symbolized by the
approaching death of one of its most powerful and popular "kings,"
Pope John Paul II.
Elected in October
1978, the Pope's 27-year reign as the intercessionary between
God and humanity, has been historic.
He "rules" over 1.06 billion people,
an incredible 33 percent of the world's population.
But as a king, he has one overriding objective
that elevates him to the position of Global Sentinel of Vigilance
over his domain. That goal is the safety, happiness and joy
of the Children's Children's Children.
In examining the role of any Sentinel of Vigilance,
whether it be the parents of a family, a friend, a loved one,
a relative, three ingredients are necessary. One is Courage,
the other Conviction, and the final, Right Actions that benefit
the Children's Children's Children.
One might have the first two qualities of Sentinel
Leadership and yet make selfish, self-centered decisions in
life that lead to the degradation of the children. When certain
needs dominate others--such as self satisfaction--then the children
will suffer, for what one justifies as "good" may
be "bad" for them.
An example is the hard-working father who believes
that unless he spends the bulk of his time working to pay the
rent and put food on the table that the children will suffer.
Carrying this thought, he is "too busy" to talk to
the kids, "too busy" to engage in their deepest emotional
needs, "too busy" to nurture their inner evolution.
who are too busy lose sight of the real needs of children
In the end, a chasm exists. The child, thirsty
for love and affection, instead receives clothes, a nice home,
nice things--but, the warmth of a father's arms or the joy of
snuggling with him is lost in the sparkle and dazzle of "things."
Of course, the same applies to mothers. Mothers
become so "busy" doing "things" that they
lose sight of the real needs of a child. Unity between the deepest
emotional links of parent and child is as vital as mother's
There are the cruel parents also. Those who
abuse a child physically or emotionally, violate all the rules
Our most lofty political leaders hail themselves
as great leaders, and promote the fact they are making decisios
that are good for the country, but, in the final analysis, they
do not promote each and every program they champion as being
the right thing for the Children and the Children's Children's
Instead, they appeal mostly to the "voters"
and their "selfish" needs, often perverting the needs
of the future to feed the lust of the present.
Pope John Paul II symbolizes the role of the
His flock is not the adults walking the earth,
but instead the children.
Vigil at St. Peter's
In almost every aspect of public life, the
Pope reaches out his umbrella to cover the children from the
harsh rays of life's brutality.
So, as the Pope reaches the deparating of earth
for other places, he will leave us a legacy of Vigilance worthy
of note. His legacy will indeed be a reminder that kings aren't
bad. When the ruler of the land has one single purpose--to protect
the future of the children--to maximize their faith and hopes--then
such a king cannot be so bad.
Let us hope the next Pope sees through the
eyes of a child.
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