The Tudors and The Corporation

I recently completed watching the full set of episodes of The Tudors; the British TV series portraying the adult life of King Henry VIII.

I also recently watched The Corporation.

A few fascinating and disturbing thoughts came to mind.  The main realization was how little difference there is between modern-day corporations and former-day tyrannical monarchs with respect to their atrociousness and lack of consciences.

Keeping in mind of course that The Tudors series was indeed a portrayal.  History records much of Henry VIII, but who is to say how much is true or accurate.  And The Corporation focuses only on the most insidious of businesses, with little emphasis on those that are more responsible to humanity.

Both regimes use the populace to selfishly serve their own purposes.  They suck the life out of them and discard them.  So how far have we really come in 500 years?

The Who sang, “Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss”.

Even George W had the sense to say, “… fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”

How naive we must be to think we are beyond making the same mistakes of the past.  We would scoff at the megalomania of Henry VIII creating a new church appointing himself the head of it simply to grant himself a divorce on a technicality that others would not agree to.  Yet we now have corporations able to patent life forms.  And we think we have advanced?

How can we ever move forward and grow, if we are not wary of repeating the past?  Rather than looking condescendingly at those of the past and their errors, might our energy not be better spent realizing how easily we might become like them?




About Chaz

Husband, father, brother, son, friend. Sober member of AA. Grateful for the life God gave me and for the happy struggle of recovery.
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4 Responses to The Tudors and The Corporation

  1. Piper Bayard says:

    Such an accurate comparison. I think you’re spot on. Corporations are the new kings, and to think people today would not be as unethical as Henry Tudor is simply hubris. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

  2. Texanne says:

    Piper’s right. Maybe the forces, whatever they are, survive the people who hosted them, and just seek new hosts. Like the evil spirit in that movie Fallen. I don’t believe in evil spirits like that, but I do think there are motivations and plots that go together and just keep recycling in different disguises. You got it right.

  3. Chaz says:

    Another blog buddy on a similar discussion of repeated and repackaged insidiousness and oppression throughout the ages referenced the 7 Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

    While the derive from a specific theology, it is hard to argue that they are not universally prevelant and universally motivating of oppressive rulers and leaders.

    There are few new things under the sun.

  4. D. Arrington says:

    I am so addicted to this show…the costumes, the horses, the KING! Very historical, yet sexy…a history lesson for adults! I cannot wait for more!

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