Shakespeare’s Sage Advice
March 24, 2011
You would think a man of my age would have learned by now that people, whether they know it or not, are really devious and covetous and grasping. I know throughout my whole life I have been too trusting of people. And as you read this, I know most of you cannot believe what you are reading.
“Bob Grant? That big mouth — know it all?” I don’t blame you for the image of me that you probably have. I did not create that persona purposely and I am somewhat sorry that I created it at all. To this day, if I am not shouting at someone, if I am not telling him off, people write to me and ask if I am feeling alright. They can’t accept the fact that most of the time I am not bawling someone out. The reason I am not bawling out anyone, most of the time, is that most of the time they don’t deserve it.
There was a great showman who said, “Give the people what they want.” That seems like good advice. After all, if I was selling a product and I wanted to be successful, I would find out what they wanted to see on the shelves in my store and fill those shelves with those items. In case you were wondering what I am driving at, one of the reasons I think William Shakespeare was one of the greatest thinkers in all history could be found in his plays. For example, when Laertes is coaching Hamlet, he cautions, “This above all: to thine own self be true!” Think of that. How many of us have ever heard that advice let alone practice it. I learned that line and many others in school. But, I doubt a class in Shakespeare is that popular these days.
But, think about it. And, even knowing Laertes’ admonition does not mean one is going to follow that sage advice. I haven’t followed that advice. In spite of that, I have done pretty well. However, I think of how much better off I would be if I had followed the bard’s sage writings. Because of my neurotic nature, I was more concerned with pleasing others than myself. I don’t expect those of you reading this right now to accept what I am saying, and I really don’t care if you do or not.
I have come to that point in my life that at long last I am free of your opinion of me. I do not seek approbation any more than I seek condemnation. It truly no longer matters to me. What has all this got to do with Barack Obama, the state of the world, and future of this once great Republic? Nothing really, but because Obama is a pathetic narcissist, he wants everyone to approve of him. He is only concerned with his popularity. That is why he voted present most of the time he was in the Illinois Senate and then the U.S. Senate.
That is why he doesn’t know what course to take regarding the Libyan conundrum. That is why this once great Republic is adrift. My friends, you and I were not here at the beginning, but we are here at the end. I don’t mean the curtain comes down tomorrow morning. I don’t mean the lights go out next week or next month, or even next year for that matter. But the end will occur for most of you who are still alive. It is happening right now. Can’t you see it?
Even though we are broke, we still can’t just turn off the faucet and stop the hemorrhage of what was once our national treasure. Between Obama, his masters who are the union bosses and the show business vermin of Hollywood, and, of course, the media who have sold out to Obama and the bilge we call progressives, it is the beginning of the end! Enjoy what we have while we still have it.
Now, aren’t you glad you read this?