Maria Victoria Z.

Matillano 3S, 3rd year

Legal Counseling Dean Ulan Sarmiento

Reflection Paper Based on: “A Man for All Seasons” "I die his Majesty's good servant, but God's first." This was the parting words of Sir Thomas More before his head was laid down on the chopping block on London's Tower Hill and suffered a revered death. He was a human being who shared the same predicaments that we all face. There are times wherein we succumb to our instinct of self-preservation which results in sacrificing our morals to the altar of gratification. We tend to choose this because this is the easier path to traverse. We are afraid of risking the chance that we might not get the most favorable outcome. Sir Thomas More was a brilliant statesman but throughout this film he was not portrayed to be a morally upright man which is one of the strengths of this film for as a human being we susceptible to err in our judgment. He transformed from being the king’s servant to a servant of God. He was the right hand of King Henry the VIII a King who is afflicted with immense vanity and showed little remorse to his people. What matters most to his majesty was whether or not his whims and caprices have been fulfilled. The presence of this two people King Henry the VIII and Sir Thomas More showed what power can make of a person. Power is like a good glass of whisky you have to drink it slowly to savor its taste. King Henry the 8th indeed savored power and ended up losing his sobriety to what he thought was love. Anne Boleyn a great temptress was not only bound to be a mistress to the king. She will change England’s history and the life of Sir Thomas More. King Henry the VIII tracing back history was fond of Sir Thomas More for he was his confidant. Whenever the king needs to decide on an important matter he would go to More. They were friends in the beginning the king even sought More’s help telling him that he needs him because he is honest unlike Norfolk and Master Cromwell.

The king lusted for her and she was not satisfied with just sharing bed with his majesty she wanted a marriage a holy matrimony and promised the king to give him a son which in history never happened since she suffered a miscarriage. These words were the very words that caused his decapitation. The King made a great man out of Sir Thomas More by deciding to take his life away from him. In relation to this I would like to end this reflection paper with a quote by my favorite leader of all times: “And as we let our own light shine. our presence automatically liberates others. . I want to be that light someday. During that day the king did not end the inevitable greatness and respect that should be accorded to Sir Thomas More. to Saint Peter and the Bishops of Rome whilst He lived and was personally present here on earth. Christ himself. For More died not only with honor but beside our creator and true king no less than the Lord. it may sound idealistic but I rather hold on to that thought than to live and see nothing but darkness. More said: The indictment is grounded in an act of Parliament which is directly repugnant to the law of God. therefore. This was granted by the mouth of our Savior. One day will come when I will be faced with conflicting decisions and I just hope that I will be able to decide accordingly just what like Sir Thomas More did. It is erroneous to impose on another person what your values are.The transformation of their relationship was bound to happen when Anne Boleyn was caught the king’s eyes. The king and Anne wanted a divorce and the woman that the king wants to be separated from is no less than Catherine of Aragon who cannot give her a son who will continue the king’s lineage. insufficient in law to charge any Christian to obey it. From my perspective morality should not be as malleable as gold is. And more to this. As we are liberated from our own fear. we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. If you cannot afford to be kind then at least be decent. the immunity of the Church is promised both in Magna Carta and in the king's own coronation oath. and his Holy Church. This idea was greatly opposed by Sir Thomas More which eventually led to his demise. It is. the Supreme Government of which no temporal person may by any law presume to take upon him. Sadly this was not an option during the time of the great statesman but nevertheless he stood for his principles.

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