Spurgeon’s General Warning: Freddie Mercury Was the End Result of the British Empire

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Whenever I find myself in one of my more self-absorbed moods, I think about the Calvin and Hobbes strip in which Calvin proclaims that he is the end result of history, only born because of those who lived and died to produce the exact correct conditions to create him. Technically, that’s true of all of us, but I think it’s especially true of Freddie Mercury and the British Empire (hear me out).

Born Farrokh Bulsara as a Zoroastrian Parsi in Zanzibar (fun words all), it’s hard to think of him as anything but thoroughly British, though his childhood was spent in both Zanzibar and India. But hey, guess what! Zanzibar was a British protectorate from the late 1800s to mid-1960s, and India, well, read this 6,000-word summary on the East India Company. His father worked for the British government, and he went to a British boarding school in Bombay, but didn’t actually move to Britain until he was 17, nearly an adult.

Just think! If it hadn’t been for all of those centuries of colonialism and oppression and land-grabbing, that beautiful, flouncy, powerhouse of a man would never have existed.

And thus ends my tenuous excuse to post some Queen videos:

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