Knighting nonsense

I love Captain Jean-Luc Picard as much as the next guy, and so I hate to say this — but unfortunately this latest New Year’s knighting serves to illustrate a disturbing point.

He has played kings, princes, captains and professors on stage and screen, but now actor Patrick Stewart will have a new title all his own: “Sir.”

The 69-year-old Yorkshire, England, native tops the list of those receiving New Year’s honors from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the Cabinet Office announced Thursday.

Knights used actually to wield swords and kill people. They would enforce laws and defend against enemies. They were WARRIORS. But this knighting business has become just a hollow honor. I would like to know what point there is in knighting people who cannot fight now and who never have fought. It means absolutely nothing. It merely gives certain people a cool title because the Queen thinks they are special.

Granted, Captain Picard is special. But there are lots of other, non-famous people who are special, too! Suddenly I become proud to live in a country governed by the following words found in Article I of the Constitution:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

No State shall . . . grant any Title of Nobility.

Ultimately, I think a society manifests its wussiness by bestowing such hollow honors. You can see this trend, for example when weak men strive to become senators solely for the glory of it. A senator wields only one vote out of a hundred — and even then the spineless men usually fail to stand up for their own principles — but people spend great lengths of their lives pursuing the position merely because it gives them an honor. These men are soulless.

In the end, femininity is all about form over substance. Form is important if you are a woman trying to look beautiful, but some matters require substance as well.

Others on the list include designers, restaurateurs and two famous names from Formula 1 racing.

For crying out loud, is this what things have come down to? No wonder George Washington whooped these people’s tails.


1 Response to “Knighting nonsense”

  1. 1 Wintery Knight January 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I used to want to be knighted by the Queen until I saw all these decadent rock stars getting knighted. So I gave up. I hope that if I get married, that my future wife will symbolically knight me just like in “The Accolade” painting.

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