8.29.2008

The Quest

"To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?"

~William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

When I first started reading a play by Shakespeare, it didn't take me long to stop reading it. Who could ever understand what he was writing? None of it made sense - why was he so important if he couldn't even write right? However, a few years later, I recognized his eloquence in writing - how he wove puzzles into words, and left us to find them. His readers have to work to understand, and therefore his writing is much more valuable. What makes Shakespeare so great though, is not his writing (although that is a part of him), but his thinking. His ability to put thoughts - deep thoughts - into writing is beautiful.

So today I ask, "To be, or not to be?" To live and bear the hardships of life? Or to die and risk the unknown? Or rather on a smaller scale for you and me: do we just stand and watch what is wrong with world - with our lives? Or do we fight to live (if life is indeed worth fighting for)? Yet what will the future world think of us if we remain silent? Why live if you can't - or won't - fight for what you believe in?

That is my question.

(Please feel free to comment!!)

3 comments:

Glass Mannequin said...

Perhaps, the more difficult question is the second. Suicide is actually rather cowardly and pathetic. It's an attempt to hide. Living is far more courageous.

I do like your second question. Do you stand up? Or just watch the world crash, burning all the way, as you hope your kids don't learn the wrong lesson.

That really is the question.

mariposa said...

Yes, I totally agree with you - especially about suicide being cowardly. Thanks for the comment :)

R.E.II said...

Interesting!