The Bard Knew

Cast Iron Shakespeare Bookends by Bradley & Hubbard (LEO Design)
Life's but a walking shadow;
a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
and then is heard no more:
it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
-William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1606)


Today we shall witness a staged performance—dramatized for all the world to see—which Shakespeare described and might have predicted over 400 years ago.  Elected officials (some might call them "disciples") will demonstrate their blind allegiance to their shepherd—a figurehead they venerate above party or country.  They call him "The Chosen One" and they long for their master to recognize and reward their piety and adoration.

The Bard's words have proved durable; so will the judgement of history.  But perhaps these devotees have neglected to contemplate the stain of history?  Perhaps they are using this fleeting moment to "build their brands," to position themselves to succeed their savior?

The magic of Shakespeare was his ability to portray the distilled essence of human character—heroes and villains—as "types" who still strut the stage four centuries on.  


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