I shall not be mourning the passing of the British queen. Why would I? I didn’t know her. We’d never met. We weren’t even Facebook ‘friends’. I had no connection with this person. With her demise, I suffer no personal sense of loss. She had no place in my life, therefore no space is left empty by her departure. Mourning is for family, friends and those who had some kind of meaningful relationship with the person who has died. I have a more meaningful relationship with the Amazon courier than I did with the old lady who just died.
There is no tragedy in her death. Tragedy is when a life is cut short. Real tragedy is the death of a child. Everyone is touched by the death of a child. We all lose when a life is prevented from realising its potential. The British queen was 96 years old. There is no tragedy in dying at such an age. I shall not mourn. I shall not grieve. I most certainly will not be participating in the obscenely competitive public displays of theatrical lamentation which will sully the coming days and weeks. I will be visiting no makeshift ‘shrines’. I shall be laying no flowers. I shall be pinning no messages to fences. I feel no sorrow. I shall not be false. I won’t be mourning the death of the British queen.
But neither shall I celebrate the death of this old lady. To rejoice in death ─ any death ─ is to diminish life. Life is to be celebrated. Death is to be accepted. Life is to be strived for. Death is to be resigned to. Our individual lives are what we do with the life that manifests in each of us. Life itself is common to all of us; to everything that lives. The phenomenon of life that finds expression in a tree or a woodlouse is precisely the same phenomenon that makes a person. There is only one life. Each of us contains life. Life contains all of us. I shall not celebrate a departure from life. I cannot rejoice in the departure of life.
I shall not mourn. I shall not grieve. I shall feel no sorrow. I shall feel some sympathy for those who have genuine cause for sorrow because the death of this person has created a hollowness in their own lives. They have cause to mourn. They have the right to grieve. I do not. I shall respect their grief. I do not share it. I cannot share it. I am not entitled to share it.
I abhor the monarchy. I glory in life. I shall not have the latter tainted by the former. I shall not celebrate. But neither shall I mourn. The British queen is dead. This does not concern me. This does not affect me.
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