Just look at the Romanian politics or the Romanian society at large and see the role-models promoted nowadays: boorish and shady millionaires who made their fortunes in a way which may not be clear even to them, glamorous TV celebrities, vulgar singers, football players who reached stardom.
I think that Lewis is right in his observation that when the monarch is removed from the life of his people, various other worthless surrogates are brought in to fill the void. Of course, it should be pointed out that the last years of the Romanian monarchy coincided with the clash of the two demons of the last century and that monarchy itself was, like time, somewhat out of joint. I am perfectly aware that we should not paint too rosy a picture of those troubled years. Recent history notwithstanding, I am in favour of bringing the king back on the throne. The following excerpt from Lewis helps me explain why.
„We Britons should rejoice that we have contrived to reach much legal democracy (we still need more of the economic) without losing our ceremonial Monarchy. For there, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to Monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be „debunked”; but watch the faces, mark well the accents, of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.„