Allegiance – specifically the acts of homage and fealty – must be today among the least comprehensible customs of that “Western Civ” that was founded and nurtured by the Church through the centuries. In my experience, soldiers sometimes understand it, and monks, and others who are seemingly by nature humble and prayerful.
I have difficulty with it. The notion itself goes against the grain of the society within which I have been moving these last three-score years and more (both here in North America and extended abroad). The preaching, “to thine own self be true,” valid perhaps in some situations, is