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    Some notes in a hurry on King Felipe VI of Spain at Davos WEF on Catalonia

    Posted by Ivo Cerckel on 26th January 2018

    In Her Majesty’s 2017 Christmas message Elizabeth II, Queen of England, has legitimised oath-taking by Skype for the Catalan president.

    King Felipe defends intervention in Catalonia to Davos World Economic Forum
    El Nacional
    Photo: EFE
    Barcelona. Wednesday, 24 January 2018

    Felipe’s clear message in H.M.’s 2017 Christmas speech was
    As we know, confrontation and exclusion only generate discord, uncertainty, discouragement and moral, civic and economic impoverishment of the whole society ”
    Como sabemos, el enfrentamiento y la exclusión sólo generan discordia, incertidumbre, desánimo y empobrecimiento moral, cívico y económico de toda la sociedad”

    For Philippe, the King of the Belgians, in H.M. ‘s 2017 Christmas speech
    wonder, taking one’s destiny into one’s hands, is an antidote to discouragement.

    Philippe did not use the word discouragement, the editorialist of the royalist La Libre Belgique newspaper did,.

    Philippe started from the fact noted by Aristotle 25 centuries ago at the very outset of his Metaphysics that all men by nature want to know.

    His Majesty concluded the first paragraph of the speech by saying that when we look at things, we should look with a sense of wonder of bewilderment beyond what is missing in them, look at their internal beauty

    Philippe then went on to state that the way in which we look at things determines our behaviour vis-à-vis things, immediately adding that, and I paraphrase wildly, we should adapt the way we look at human beings around us so as to discover and wonder at the rich internal beauty which everyone harbours in herself and which should be developed. This “creative wonderment” makes us and human beings around us more creative

    His Majesty was here again referring to Aristotle who continued his quoted Chapter 1of Book I of the Metaphysics by saying metaphysics is not a practical science is evident from those who first philosophised. For it is because of wonder that men both now and formerly began to philosophise, about less important matters, and then progressing little by little, they raised questions about more important ones, such as the phases of the moon and the courses of the sun and the stars and the generation of the universe. But one who raises questions and wonders seems to be ignorant. Hence the philosopher is also to some extent a lover of myth, for myths are composed of wonders. If they philosophised, then, in order to escape from ignorance, they evidently pursued their studies for the sake of knowledge and not for any utility.

    King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands called for curiosity for the world behind the curtains. (Nieuwsgierigheid naar de wereld achter de gordijnen.)

    Elizabeth II, Queen of England , for her part, legitimised oath-taking by Skype.

    Describing the extraordinary changes her record-breaking reign has seen, the Queen referenced her first Christmas broadcast, 60 years ago, in which “a young woman spoke about the speed of technological change as she presented the first television broadcast of its kind”.
    “Six decades on, the presenter has ‘evolved’ somewhat, as has the technology she described,” she added.
    “Back then, who could have imagined that people would one day be watching this on laptops and mobile phones – as some of you are today.
    “But I’m also struck by something that hasn’t changed. That, whatever the technology, many of you will be watching this at home.”

    For Her Majesty, new technologies justify new ways of conducting politics, statesmanship if you want.

    Ivo Cerckel

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