Duty, honor, sincerity, and personal piety are the words that defined the Queen, and those are lost virtues. Most people never think about honor, piety, sincerity or duty anymore.
Her sense of duty is particularly impressive. She was a born in to a role, and she embraced it and lived it well. Her faith and piety was sincere and not cynical. Most modern people are ironic and cynical, that's why she was so refreshing.
We were all born into a certain role, and that's something we don't think about enough. We all owe something to someone from the day we're born, usually multiple people and institutions who came before us.
The only thing I ever hear about is "rights" anymore, but for every right, there is a duty. Again, it's a lost word.
We live in a time of crumbling institutions. My hope is for fearlessness and courage in future leaders, to help rebuild.
For all her accolades, one thing to remember for her legacy is the state of the Church of England, of which she is head. I’m doubtful how much she could have done because of the impotent position she was in as a figurehead, but under her reign the church of CS Lewis and TS Eliot became a shadow of its past self, laughed at and not hallowed or respected.
The decisions we make as leaders reverberate throughout the ages. I'm curious if she in retrospect would have said or done more to shore up that institution. Nevertheless, in an age of few heroes, she is one to be admired in my estimation. May she Rest In Peace, a Christian Queen for the ages.
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