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Stephen Fry – another national treasure, albeit on his own merit – puts it well:
“Rationally, a monarchy is an absurdity; of course it is,” he wrote for The New York Times. “But ritual and pageant, costume and custom are to public life what metaphors are to language; they bring it to life and move it from the abstract to the real.”
I think this applies to far more than monarchy, of course. The rituals we use in everything from how we make coffee to how we commemorate a holy day turn out to be quite important, indeed. Much of American culture, in the haste to throw tradition out, has suffered. It turns out that ritual, pageant, costume and custom help give meaning to our lives.Published in