Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun Monday - Queen for a Day

Mommy Wizdom is the queen of this week's Fun Monday adventure. The queen is asking us to tell what we would do as ruler of the day, week, year...

As I explained in my previous post, my husband is the rightful heir to Camelot. Being married to King Arthur, I then would be Guinevere. Well all right, he is not the heir to the British throne, and he did not remove Excalibur from a rock. (I did remove his little pocket knife from the washer this morning. Do you suppose that makes me a princess or at least a duchess?) But let's say that he is heir to a kingdom where the good, kind King Arthur lived. Or perhaps, better yet let's say that like Dogbert that I am Supreme Ruler of the Universe. What would I do?

Extracted Blade Proclaiming Royalty

My first thought is probably selfish in that I would want servants to answer every whim. And like royalty, I would be wealthy and live in a castle because that is where queens live. I am not sure where Supreme Rulers of the Universe live...in the sky maybe or maybe on the heavenly body that used to be the planet Pluto.




Dogbert, Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in plastic throne

However, by definition the word, ruler, requires some making of rules and enforcing of rules. This task is becoming more difficult. If I were queen or Supreme Ruler of the Universe, what rules would I make and enforce?

Like our hostess, I have enjoyed reading some books about Utopian societies including 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and The Giver. In each of these stories, the society essentially fails due to lack of the freedom of choice or free will. Thus, in my imaginary queendom, free will shall be valued. With that in mind, freedom should not include infringing on the rights of others. Rules should be for the benefit of all.

I can think of a few rules that I would initiate. Guns would be abolished in my dominion. Without guns, there would be no drive-by shootings and no idiots shooting at children in a Unitarian church. Furthermore, I would abolish capital punishment. We should do away with murder all together.

Although I am sincere about stopping killing, I do realize that I am not much of a leader. Even King Arthur used the knights of The Round Table as advisors. Having the people decide what is right for the people is probably the best plan yet. Thus, I will abdicate my rulership and place the universe in the hands, minds, and hearts of a united people.

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19 comments:

Nessa said...

I like the freedom/free will idea.

I would like the dresses in your kingdom.

storyteller said...

The challenge of a ‘ruler’ is inherent the difficulty in making and enforcing rules (or edicts). Nothing is easy is it?
Hugs and blessings,

MommyWizdom said...

I love the pocket knife story - that was rather appropriate. And you are right, I forgot about the all important freedom - but I was drunk with power you see - blind to what's right...

Thanks for participating.

daddy d said...

King Arthur will be more careful in the future with his knife(s). Free will is what makes everything happen. It also, makes everything much harder to get totally correct. But like everyone else, should I be King Arthur, my will would be the standard by which everyone else should live.

Margaret said...

No guns--that would be idyllic. Back to bows and arrows for those hunters. I like it!

amanda said...

I too have not removed Excalibur from a rock. I did remove my cordless phone from my washing machine the other day (sadly, not until after it had been through the entire wash cycle) so I wonder what that makes me the ruler of?

Emily said...

What a smart, sensical response! I am going to try that with my boys this week. I have been looking for a way to get them to listen and stop fighitng so much with one another. Perhaps I will abdicate my position of enforcer and let them decide on the rules for a night. an interesting experiment if nothing else.

Glad to have found you!

Anonymous said...

Hummm........If Daddy D is King Arthur, that makes me a princess of sorts.....and we would all live together in the castle cause royal families did that...would I be concidered a lady in waiting? Waiting for what? Dinner?
"Little" sister.
REM

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

But how would you get a united people? And isn't that just "government" by any other name?

Oh, and as Supreme Ruler of the Universe, I can tell you we live where the heck we like!!

Molly said...

REM - Everyone knows that you are the real royalty. I am just pretending.

AOJ - To have the people united, we will continue to elect representatives to the government. I am not advocating anarchy. I am just abdicating as ruler.

ChrisB said...

I like it when I find money in the washing machine~ although notes don't always fare too well. My eldest grandson left his wallet in a pocket last time he stayed. Luckily it wasn't leather so washed quite well and the money dried out!

iPost said...

Duchess Molly, I am all about servants. Selfish or not ;0)

Big Momma said...

I love the idea of no guns!!!!! Sorry I didn't think of that!!!

Alison said...

I love your idea about free will, but not infringing on anyone else...great thought!!

lisaschaos said...

Totally! I absolutely forgot to give myself some royal digs!

Peter said...

That's been tried before Molly, didn't work too well last time.

Pamela said...

Live in hope ~!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Yep, advisors are necessary! :)

Ah, one day I'll be doing laundry and the first time I pull something of my dear husbands instead of pulling a crayon out of the dryer... I'm going to think of you! :) I guess the crayon stage will eventually end.

Randall said...

Of course if you are Guinevere, that means you have something going on the side with Lancelot. But I'll never tell.