Prince Harry and Meghan Markle preach on kindness, lack of judgment and ethics – but are they terrible hypocrites?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, aren’t they terrible hypocrites? Meghan’s father Thomas Markle seems to think so. Regarding their latest venture into the world of high finance, he noted bitterly, “It’s not about finding freedom, it’s about finding the money they’re looking for.
While Meghan and Harry preach on kindness, non-judgment and ethics, she hasn’t seen her father in four years, which bothers him.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s most recent venture is about ‘ethical investing’ as they become ‘impact partners’ with an asset management company named Ethics. The couple say “they want to rethink the nature of investing to help solve the global problems we all face.”
They also align with the Stop Hate for Profit movement. They also do this on behalf of us mere mortals.
“We believe it’s time for more people to take their places at the table when decisions are made that impact everyone,” they say. Count me in, Meghan and Harry!
It’s easy to be cynical, and many are – Meghan recently arrived at the bottom of a British popularity poll of royals who would like to meet for drinks. Still, in a way, I think the Sussexes have good intentions.
They are part of that generation – at the top end – who strive to make the world a better place, to act “ethically” and “to be kind”. Granted, they don’t always live up to their own ideals – Harry preaches about climate change issues but takes a private jet when it suits him. But then, most of us don’t live up to our own ideals either. Most of us think it’s wrong to lie, but studies have suggested that on average most people tell about two lies a day.
Harry and Meghan are part of a new moral order that has been enthusiastically embraced not only by high-minded idealists, but by the corporate world – especially in America – where everything from Coca-Cola to Nike sneakers, proclaims their ethical values. These values typically include the climate crusade, LGBTQ + rights, gender equality, and Black Lives Matter – in short, the general ideology known as awakening.
Wokeism is essentially an attempt to reframe a moral compass that has been left vacant by the decline – or perhaps the failure – of established religion. In essence, there is very little in wokeist philosophy that is not already present in the Judeo-Christian tradition, from “love your neighbor” to “be a responsible steward of the Earth”; from “all are equal before the Lord” to “you shall not steal”.
Certainly, there is a small difficulty with the trans question – because not only religion, but the whole history of evolution and biology has held that men and women are different. But, again, those who champion the transgender cause often just try to be kind and compassionate to those for whom gender identity is a deeply troubling personal matter.
If some trans activists seem fanatical – insisting that children as young as five have the “right” to change their gender – it’s because all ideologies and religions have their fanatics. Human beings are like that – we take things to the extreme and sometimes we exaggerate completely.
Some awakened are exaggerated and silly – claiming it is “cultural appropriation” to don a sombrero or eat an Indian curry. God forbid anyone to find that the most distant ancestor ever had any connection to slavery – the Welsh are currently trying to get rid of the statues of Admiral Nelson, accusing him of having had a connection to slavery (apparently false).
Yet it all stems from a desire to right the evils of history by rotating the pendulum 180 degrees in the opposite direction.
Racism was rife in the past, especially in the United States, where segregation was practiced in some states up to 50 years ago and where “a single drop of black blood” could mean exclusion.
Anti-racism is now the fix, and sometimes he gets carried away: Barack Obama is a mixed race man, but the new theology orders him to be called black.
Likewise, the #MeToo movement was born as a reaction against permissive society: the sexual revolution broke the old boundaries that defined acceptable behavior, and a sort of “anything goes” ensued. After all, the mantra of the 1960s was, “If it feels good, do it.”
The excesses of some modern feminisms – when some women regard a harmless compliment as “micro-aggression” (and some men are now terrified of saying something nice to a woman) – are just part of the story. overdrive to set new limits.
The advance of secularism in Western societies has left a moral vacuum: wokeism is one of the movements that defines the new moral compass.
Harry and Meghan are his most visible apostles, and if they earn a few more dollars from their ethical values, well, they wouldn’t be the first to perceive that there is profit in showing virtue.