As I watch the Tudors, I now viscerally understand how intermarrying between countries was used as one layer of insurance to avoid war. For instance, King Henry VIII, among his 6 wives, married both Catherine of Aragon (Spain) and Anne of Cleves (Germany).
Sorry, prior to this TV series, I would have described myself as very anti-royalty and certainly very uninterested in them, but the later has weakened. The framework of the houses gives me a skeleton upon which to hang (and thus remember) English history.
Back to the post title: Modern capitalist nations build factories in each other’s countries for economic reasons, but this also adds a layer of safeguard from invasion. For if we destroy an enemy’s lands, we may destroy our own investments.
This all made me think about blogs: if we want others to visit our blogs and be civil and productive here, we best be civil and productive on theirs. And from my experience, most bloggers, love to have visitors of civil commentors.
These civil exchanges between countries can ironically change the nature of a country and similarly, marrying between religions can change religions. Exchange can do wonders to eat away parochialism. And so dialogue and civil arguments between blogs will slowly and inevitably alter both bloggers. Agreeing on terms of exchange is part of the means of securing the fruitfulness of such exchanges. Agreeing on methods of argumentation is such a method aimed at fruitfulness.
Trivia question for readers: In the song, “I’m Henery the Eight, I am“, which wife had seven prior husbands? Is that just a myth? In my head, the song was about Henry himself and I though he had 8 wives — but he only had 6! That this song sings in my brain while watching the series shows both my age and the silliness of our brains.