The King that Abdicated
There is no royal road to love. No royal road to finding it, recognizing it, or keeping it. It is less like taking a road less travelled and more like jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down. Maybe you succeed, maybe you don’t. The important thing is to try.
Most of us would balk at those odds and rightly so. Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, more commonly known as Edward VIII, decided to take his chances. He abdicated the throne of the British Empire, married Wallis Simpson, and they shared many happy years together.
Would someone else do the same? Would anyone else do the same? Are unearned possessions and false honors truly what life is really worth? Edward VIII acted on good conscience and did what he felt was right even if it meant giving up the crown. This was a man, a King that really was a King.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta