March 30th 2002 23-30 CET
Fare Thee Well
Seldom in human history has someone been unexpectedly
called upon to fulfill a destiny as Queen. Queen Elizabeth,
The Queen Mother fulfilled this calling with a distinction
that commanded respect throughout the whole world and
did so for over six decades. Now that's 'regal stamina'.
The warmth and charm of her personailty and character
flooded out to all with whom she came into contact. Her
genuine interest in people was legendary and manifested
in so many, many caring and dutiful actions.
Often we glorify our leaders, those in the forefront of
our governments and countries. With regrettable
frequency, in the last 50 years, our pride has given
way to cynicism and a sense of betrayal as little by
little the truths have emerged.
This 'modern affliction', the 'do as I say not as I do'
philosophy of leadership, never did apply to this most
gracious lady. She retained those values that belonged
to another age: almost chivalrous in her sense of
duty and almost saintly in her integrity. Times change,
yet there are certain qualities of human existence that
are unchangeable - at least if we are to remain
'spiritual entities in this human reality'.
I am an englishman. The Queen Mother, from my
experience, was always a source of pride for every one
It is not only with a sense of sadness that I hear the
news of her not totally unexpected death, she was after
all 101 years of age. It is also with a sense of quiet
joy. Joy? Why, yes. For she was throughout a century
of human existing a clear example of some aspects which
are noble in the human spirit. I rejoice for the beauty of
her soul and the commitment of her mind and heart.
All change is not necessarily progress.For change
contains within it the challenge to remain true to ourselves,
and progress is that which develops, extends, from that which
already exists. In her living there was a reminder, a
charming, dedicated, dutiful, witty, fun-loving reminder,
that some things never change about some people.
Our respect for who she was can never, I feel, change.
I feel sure that in a century from now historians will
also review her life with loving respect.
Fare Thee Well, Precious Soul.
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