Same As It Ever Was

Recently in an antique shop I came across this wonderment that is not actually an antique, but is surely a wonderment. And that is a volume of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare that actually fits in the hand. Rather than, as with most such tomes, requiring a forklift, or a team of Sherpas, to transport from hither to yon.

Of course, within 72 hours of bringing it into the yeshouse, the cats contrived to dump water all over it, and now it looks like it’s been in a shipwreck. But that’s another story.

This story, is that while some people receive daily wisdom from perusing the pages of the Bible, I have taken to dipping each morn into the Wild Bill book. I open the thing at random, and there receive the Message.

Today I first spent some minutes amusedly perusing the tubes, there learning that everything is Terrible, and is just going to get Worse; yea, verily, for sure Bad Doom is at hand, and it’s all Unavoidable.

Apparently nothing has ever been as bad as it is now.

It’s kind of touchingly arrogant and affectingly presumptuous, really, believing that one’s life-span happens to coincide with the Times of Worst Ever. But that seems to be what humans have been about. Continuously. For the past 200,000 years.

Then I bent to the Bill, and there encountered some serious foam-fleck from the Bishop of Carlisle, in Act IV, Scene I of King Richard The Second:

And if you crown him, let me prophesy—
The blood of English shall manure the ground,
And future ages groan for this foul act;
Peace shall go sleep with Turks and infidels,
And in this seat of peace tumultuous wars
Shall kin with kin and kind with kind confound;
Disorder, horror, fear, and mutiny
Shall here inhabit, and this land be call’d
The field of Golgotha and dead men’s skulls.

So yeah. Same as it ever was.

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6 Responses to “Same As It Ever Was”


  1. 1 sally November 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

    So you flip into a page of old Will. Who would lead me to wisdom — or better yet, lead me astray? I will need to think on that. I am taking a class and reading Dashiell Hammet– perhaps THE MALTESE FALCON will do? later Namaste.

  2. 3 Rain Jeys November 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, I don’t know. Maybe Shakespeare is better understood when waterlogged-via-cats. He still has much wisdom to impart about the doom-and-gloom predispositions of the human mind.

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