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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Friday, July 26, 2013

The real Prince George of Prince George's County was Danish

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Comberland Coat of Arms - Wikipedia
             UPPER MARLBOROUGH, Md. -  It is so sad that my county, Prince George's, no longer bothers to check in from time to time with history, let alone teach it. For some readers, history does not matter (you may stop reading any further now), which begs the question why, then, send a gift to the new born Prince George of Cambridge.  For those who do think history matters, the dissonance that arises from thinking the future King of Great Britain' name reflects upon the Danish namesake of the county is unnerving. 

               Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (2 April 1653 – 28 October 1708), born in Copenhagen, the younger son of King Frederick III of Denmark and Norway and Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg.  His mother was the sister of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, later Elector of Hanover.  was the husband of Queen Anne and distant relative of King George I, first of the German rulers of Great Britain from whom the current House of Windsor descends. King George I was the eldest son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and his wife, Sophia of the Rhineland Palatinate. Sophia was the granddaughter of King James I of England through her mother, Elizabeth of Bohemia.[1]

               King George V and King George the VI, grandfather and father of the present monarch, Elizabeth II, are the immediate reasons for naming the child George. Prince George the Consort of a Scottish Stuart who slop happened to also rule England, and ultimately unified the dominions into the United Kingdom are not part of the George's of the German House of Hanover which included King George III of revolutionary fame.

               One can only hope that we would try not to twist history to suit our preconceived present and ephemeral vision of glory and focus occasionally on the actual history of this important county in US history.  His Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland, was like the county named for him, an important figure in British history but he is far from any reason the reason to name a future King after him. The county does of a strong connection to the United Kingdom and so some remembrance to any British monarch is perhaps in keeping, but the a linking to the coincidence of the same name is not a reason. 

So all together now: 

Prince George's County, Maryland, 
was named in 1695 
after a Danish prince 
who was marry to a 
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
"Prince George's County, Maryland is wasting no time paying homage to England's new favorite son, Prince George Alexander Louis. Third in line to the British throne, Prince George will always have a connection to Prince George's County -- so says County Executive Rushern Baker. After all, the newborn prince is a namesake. Baker says the county is sending the baby a gift package, which includes a commemorative plate with the county seal on it, a county umbrella, because it is always raining in England and some other keepsakes. The prince also has a standing invitation to visit the county."[2]

"LONDON — In choosing to call their first child George Alexander Louis, Prince William and his wife, Kate, selected a first name steeped in British history.
While “George” means “farmer” and “earth worker” — not trades typically associated with U.K. royals — it has been borne by six British kings, four of whom served in a row.
Below, a look at the British monarchs called George who preceded the nearly week-old prince now third in line to the throne.
GEORGE I: The German-born, first king of Britain from the House of Hanover — which provided six British monarchs — acceded to the throne in 1714. The king — who spoke German, French and a little English — ruled until his death in 1727.

GEORGE II: Initially unpopular, George II gained greater respect as his reign lengthened. He was the last British king to fight alongside his soldiers, at the age of 60. Because his oldest son had died, George II’s grandson inherited the throne upon his death in 1760.

GEORGE III: Upon succeeding his grandfather, George III became the third Hanoverian monarch, and the first to be born in England and use English as a first language. He ruled for nearly 60 years, during which time the American colonies declared independence. Once George III became mentally unfit to rule, his eldest son acted as Prince Regent from 1811. The monarch died in 1820.

GEORGE IV: Prior to assuming the throne, George IV secretly and illegally married a Roman Catholic. He later married Princess Caroline of Brunswick, who he tried unsuccessfully to divorce after assuming the throne in 1820. He was known as much for his marriage difficulties as for his interest in art. His only legitimate child died in childbirth, so the crown went to his brother upon his death in 1830.

GEORGE V: He assumed the throne in 1910, and made hundreds of visits to troops and wounded servicemen during World War I. His legacy also includes starting the sovereign’s annual Christmas Broadcast — a tradition that began in 1932. He died one year after celebrating his silver jubilee, leaving his son Edward to take the throne.

GEORGE VI: The father of Queen Elizabeth II was the most recent King George, memorably portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech.” His first name was actually Albert, but he selected George — his fourth name — to use as sovereign in honor of his father, George V, and to create stability and continuity in the monarchy following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII." [3] 

[1] Wikipedia
[2] Prince George's County sending gift box to namesake British prince newborn. Posted: Jul 25, 2013 6:41 PM EDT Updated: Jul 25, 2013 6:47 PM EDT By Karen Gray Houston, @kghfox5dc - bio [accessed July 26, 2013]
[3] Some history behind Prince George's name. 2013. Associated Press. [accessed July 27, 2013]