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The Grandeur of the King
Dignifies the Cook


Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Windsor castle aerial view

An aerial view of Windsor Castle

Looking at this photo one’s first impression is that of a setting for a fairy tale. The immensity of the edifice, the marvelous variety of parts, the delicacy and strength that are affirmed in everything – all suggest that one is in the presence of something that far surpasses our day-to-day reality. This fantastic set of buildings is both the symbol and the shrine of an institution: the British Royalty.

In this symbol – like so many others of traditional England – the appearances still do not bear the mark of Protestantism, Liberalism or Socialism. What is expressed in these granite forms is still the medieval and Catholic concept of the divine origin of public power, the true majesty that should surround any political regime, and the paternal mark that should characterize it.

Paternal mark, we say. This castle does not aim to show massiveness, but talent. It is not made to intimidate, but to delight. The subject who contemplates it does not shiver at its sight; he does not feel like fleeing, but rather like entering.

And this for one simple reason: The King is a father who affably calls his subjects to himself, not an executioner who inspires fear to them.

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Windsor palace kitchen

The relations between the great and the small are influenced by this ambience. The nobility of the Lord is transmitted to his servant.

Thus the immense kitchen of Windsor, at left, which is very authentically a kitchen, is indisputably a high, noble and worthy kitchen of a castle. It communicates something of the royal dignity itself to the humble menial activity of the cook and gives it a splendor that is, as it were, regal.

This is because in Christian Civilization the grandeur of the Lord does not humiliate the servant, but elevates him.

Translated from Catolicismo, August 1959
Posted November 14, 2012

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Prof. Plinio
Organic Society was a theme dear to the late Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. He addressed this topic on countless occasions during his life - at times in lectures for the formation of his disciples, at times in meetings with friends who gathered to study the social aspects and history of Christendom, at times just in passing.

Atila S. Guimarães selected excerpts of these lectures and conversations from the transcripts of tapes and his own personal notes. He translated and adapted them into articles for the TIA website. In these texts fidelity to the original ideas and words is kept as much as possible.

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