Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on Thursday has had many contemplating the British monarch’s legacy and looking back on some of her most inspiring speeches. One of those such speeches was her 1957 Christmas broadcast to the nation in which she warned that “unthinking people” wanting to throw away “ageless ideals.”
“It is inevitable that I should seem a rather remote figure to many of you. A successor to the Kings and Queens of history;” the Queen began, adding, “someone whose face may be familiar in newspapers and films but who never really touches your personal lives. But now at least for a few minutes, I welcome you to the peace of my own home,”
“That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us,” she continued. “Because of these changes, I am not surprised that many people feel lost and unable to decide what to hold on to and what to discard. How to take advantage of the new life without losing the best of the old,”
“But it is not the new inventions which are the difficulty. The trouble is caused by unthinking people who carelessly throw away ageless ideals as if they were old and outworn machinery,” the monarch stated, explaining that such people, “would have religion thrown aside, morality in personal and public life made meaningless, honesty counted as foolishness and self-interest set up in place of self-restraint.”
“Today we need a special kind of courage, not the kind needed in battle but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest,” she continued, per Breitbart. “We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics so that we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future.”
In response to the Queen’s passing, podcaster Michael Knowles, host of the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles Show, released a special episode in commemoration of the monarch where he analyzed the importance of the Christmas address.
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“‘We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics.’ I think this is another reason why people are so affected by this woman’s death all over the world because our culture is just mired in cynicism,” Knowles explained. “Our culture is just mired in this distrust of anything high or noble.”
“Any claims of truth. Any kind of dignity at all. We just live in such an undignified, shameless culture now,” he continued, adding, “You think of the way people speak in public life, in television. The way that people speak from high political office.”
“In that culture, you had a handful of people, and probably most notable among all of them Queen Elizabeth, who stood there as a reference point to say no it doesn’t have to be this way. You can actually conduct yourself with dignity,” the podcaster emphasized, adding, “You can aim at something higher.”
“That line from that Christmas speech, ‘the trouble is caused.’ It’s not caused by technology…that’s not where the trouble lies. ‘The trouble is caused by unthinking people who carelessly throw away ageless ideals as if they are worn and outworn machinery.’ It’s so common today to hear glib, flippant, shallow people say ‘what do you still believe x, y, z idea?’ or ‘Come on man, it’s 2022.’ And the very fact that chronology has progressed must mean that you can’t believe such a thing anymore. As though there were no eternal truths…Some ideals are ageless.”
The longest reigning monarch of Great Britain represented a tie to a past that believed in service, sacrifice, and dignity. The last of the ‘Greatest Generation’ is leaving this world, and it is up to each of us to live up to the legacy that they leave behind.
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