December 21, 2019-
I am a late viewer of “Game of Thrones, Season 8”. Although not knowing quite what the author of the series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, will have to say in the last two books in that series, the television adaptation covered some basic themes, albeit in a modest way.
One of the themes mirrored the plight of the United Kingdom, which has chosen to leave the European Union. In the program, the leaders of the northern sector, on the fictional continent of Westeros, chose to leave a continental political union, even though one of their own was chosen king, when the union faced a political vacuum.
Another was the matter of loyalty, and how easily it can shift, in uncertain times. I’ve seen much of what passes for loyalty depend on how closely the views of the loyalist dovetail with those of the one being supported. In the program, loyalty was a fleeting thing, at best.
The greatest theme, though, was that of new beginnings. The capital city, in the story, was nearly obliterated, by days of brutal warfare. In the early days of the new regime, following continued carnage, there was squabbling about which projects would begin the reconstruction. This is, of course, universal to our day and age, as well.
I have a simple idea about such reconstruction, though. That is, whatever area is given priority should have the support of the community, state or nation, as long as the project will be of demonstrable benefit to those who have been left behind, in the prior progress of the political unit or community. It is not a matter of mutual backscratching, per se, but a case of a new start being consistent and incremental, in the progress of the realm.
While each of us is headed forward, in one way or another, it’s a good thing if there is a network of support.