There is a new future King of England. He was born just a few short hours ago. And already on Facebook and Twitter, I see multiple posts saying “Who cares?” or “Why is this news in America?”
Well, I think this indeed should be news.
We spend hours of our lives listening to multiple accounts of crimes, scandals, and deaths of celebrities. We analyze every aspect of the sad and depressing events in the world. In fact, we seem to be a bloodthirsty culture…”if it bleeds, it leads” is a well-known cliche. The death of the future King’s own grandmother, Lady Diana, was a leading story for months.
In the midst of constant negative news such as murder trials, cities going bankrupt, political discord, and economic woes, it is a breath of fresh air to be able to celebrate a joyous event.
And frankly, if you don’t care about it, that’s fine…why take the time to comment about it on facebook? And what would you rather see? Another headline about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman? More stories about how Congress can’t seem to get anything done? This stuff is NOT news.
Here is something that is newsworthy: God still sees enough hope and promise in humanity to continue blessing us with babies. He keeps giving us more chances to “get it right”.
And even if you don’t look at things through a religious lens, you might be able to appreciate the humanity that joins us all, royalty and common folks alike…the welcoming of a new member of the family.
Those of us who are parents felt the excitement and anxiety along with the Royal couple as they awaited the birth. We could imagine the Duchess laboring along, squeezing the Duke’s knuckles until they were about to explode. (I don’t know whether she had an epidural or not, but from my experience, labor is never completely pain-free!) We could imagine his helplessness as he watched the woman he loves perform the toughest task of her life.
Of course there are thousands of babies born around the world every day. Most of these babies are born into socioeconomic circumstances that cannot even match a fraction of that which the new Prince will enjoy. But family is family. And it is nice to know that in a world of uncertainty and struggle, there is hope and promise for the future. And nothing symbolizes that hope more than the birth of a new baby.
And so I say “Congratulations!” to the Royal family, and “Welcome to the world, Little Prince!”