Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Utopia Retold

  A musical film that I enjoyed was Camelot (1967).  The legend of Camelot is said to be inspired from Cadbury Castle in Somerset, England in which King Arthur dreams of a democratic and unified England.  He was a medieval Pollyanna, if you will.  In his ideal kingdom, it would only rain at night and everyone, including royalty, would be subject to the same laws.  This comes back to haunt him as he has to execute Queen Guinevere for her betrayal with Lancelot.  It is a lesson learned that there can never be a perfect society because, by human nature, we are doomed by our own frailties.  Even a well-ordered Roman Empire eventually failed.  So many times cultures become complacent and corrupt and everything that was good about a country or empire or kingdom becomes lost.  There are so many lessons to be learned from history and if today's societies would pay attention to them, we might be able to strive for our own Camelots and have happy endings, which would be to not end at all.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. - William Shakespeare

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