MONARCHY APPEARS SO ANACHRONISTIC BECAUSE OUR MODERN WORLD, OUR MODERN UNSPIRITUAL NATION-STATE, THE WAY WE DO THINGS IN OUR UNSPIRITUAL MODERN WORLD, IS ESSENTIALLY MATERIALISTIC AND MECHANISTIC. CLEARLY MONARCHY CAN HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR MODERN WORLD IF THAT MONARCHY IS ABOUT POWER AND PRIVILEGE, AS SO OFTEN IN THE PAST IT WAS. THE MONARCHY THAT ACTUALLY CAN HAVE A PLACE IN OUR MODERN WORLD IS THAT MONARCHY THAT MANAGES TO REPRESENT THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF A PEOPLE, A SPIRITUAL ASPECT THAT IS TOO OFTEN LACKING IN OUR MODERN TIMES. WITH A SPIRITUALLY INCLINED MONARCHY WE CAN UNKNOWINGLY TOUCH THE SACRED AND THE MYSTICAL.
Having a monarch as head of state might well appear anachronistic in our modern world. But the reason why it does appear anachronistic, even blatantly so, throws a spotlight on something about our modern world that is profoundly out of kilter with what our world should be. Monarchy appears so anachronistic because our modern world, our modern nation-state, the way we do things in our modern world, is essentially materialistic and mechanistic. Clearly monarchy can have no place in our modern world if that monarchy is about power and privilege, as so often in the past it was. The monarchy that actually can have a place in our modern world is that monarchy that manages to represent the spiritual aspect of a people, a spiritual aspect that is too often lacking in our modern times. The overly materialistic and mechanistic societies that we have created are ill fitted to meet the needs of a people that might overtly respond to the materialistic and mechanistic, but which in its hearts senses an unease, a profound loss, even an existential or spiritual emptiness. We as people need to recognise that loss in ourselves, and our monarchies need to recognise that it is that spiritual need that they must relate to and respond to.