Sunday, August 20, 2017


For the past few months I've been reading one of Shakespeare's sonnets daily.  The serendipity of how Sonnet 129 may apply to the world situation may be vague, but I read it after I'd posted my last ideas about not rushing to judgement.  As usual, puzzling out the Bard can be challenging and by no means do I think this covers the situation of the world today, but, if you read this a couple of times, it might just make a little sense.  How are we baited and by whom?  And, to what ends?

Sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare

Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action, and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,

Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait,
On purpose laid to make the taker mad.

Mad in pursuit and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest, to have extreme,
A bliss in proof and proved, a very woe,
Before a joy proposed behind a dream.

All this the world well knows yet none knows well,
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

food for thinking. 

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