Royal palaces and the commoners / by kevin murray

In the United States, the White House, consists of approximately 55,000 square feet, which seems pretty big.  However,  on the other hand, royal palaces, all over the world,  are absolutely astonishing in size, which often is  something that is problematic for the average person to actually fathom.  For instance, though many of the very biggest palaces have become  museums, such as the Louvre Palace,  now known as the Louvre  Museum, in which, this former palace occupies an incredible space of over 2,000,000 sq ft.  Additionally, there are still plenty of present day royal palaces, such as the Ak Saray in Turkey, which is the presidential palace, which also measures over 2,000,000 sq ft.  Basically, countries all over the world, have either histories of royal palaces that are absolutely unfathomable in scale or presently still utilize royal or presidential palaces of enormous scale; and while it could be said, that large palaces are necessary in order to conduct the business of the state, it could also be said, that size matters, and therefore the size of those palaces which are colossal, are purposely constructed that way.


In point of fact, most royal palaces, are absolutely astonishing not only in their scale but also in their amenities, furnishing, and status.  On a historical basis, in a world before literacy became common place, as well as a world in which royalty was considered to be God’s secular representative on earth, those commoners that could even consider the audacity of believing that they were entitled to an equal voice or a voice at all, would be in virtually every case, intimidated by the sheer size, magnificence and scale of the palace, the people within the palace, the power behind and within the palace, and just about everything in-between, and therefore would simply have had little choice but to continue to submit to that royalty, despite the fact that commoners historically, as well as today, vastly outnumber royalty, yet royalty still takes in the lion’s share of just about everything of value, and passes on to the commoners all those things which are valueless.


Anytime that as a tourist, people visit a royal palace, or what once was a royal palace, it is thereby easier to comprehend that in era when commoners had no voice, had no literacy, and had no choice, that any commoner would acknowledge implicitly if not explicitly, that those of royalty, could only be in that position, because it was their God-appointed position to be there, and it was therefore the commoners’ place therefore to be in their lowly appointed place.  


All the ostensible images of power, strength, and grandeur that any government displays, is not necessarily displayed because it is necessary to do so, but rather as a present reminder to the people, and especially to the commoners, that protest is absolutely futile; and therefore rather than to die ignobly, it is far better to appreciate that those in royal power, are the elite, which are wholly separate from the people, and thereby live in palaces or palace like places, and are feted and treated as if, for all practical purposes, that they are gods, though they are not.