Once You Have a Mess, It Just Gets Messier (Richard III)

When the leaders are bad, things get to be a mess, and when things are a mess, worse most often follows. The trouble is that in the middle of a mess, the very leaders who got you into the mess will blame someone, usually one of their number, and make the mess worse. It will all [Read More…]

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Accepting (and Enjoying!) our Human Foolishness (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  We are foolish, but need not be Biblical fools. Biblical fools destroy life and happiness by forgetting their place and thinking themselves wise. There is no fear of God or respect for law or order. Yet we are also born children in the cosmos of God and the loving Father allows us to stumble [Read More…]

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Endurance and Not Words (Troilus and Cressida)

I love you. Very powerful to say today, but most powerful to say every day for thirty years or more. To endure in love is harder than to be in love and words are less important than deeds. This is as true in business and politics as it is in personal relationships. Anybody can say love [Read More…]

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The Priority of a Party: You cannot be too Happy (Much Ado about Nothing)

One of my children once said: “I don’t want to be too good. It would be boring.” This was a sensible thing as the budding Socrates was shooting for moderation: too much of any virtue becomes a vice. The only problem was the use of “good.” If goodness is “rule keeping,” then too much goodness [Read More…]

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The Great Enemy to Leadership: Flattery (Julius Caesar)

There are some men so great that even when they are hardly involved in an event, they dominate it. So it is with Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The great man gives his name to the play, but was assassinated early. Death doesn’t keep a Shakespearean character from making an appearance later, but it does limit the number [Read More…]

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Intellectualism, the Only Thing More Foolish than a Lover (Love’s Labors Lost)

If only fools fall in love, then only greater fools miss love for intellectualism. Intellectualism is the pursuit of intellectual pleasure without the balance of a total life. We are not just brains, but beings with hearts and bodies and so need more than intellectual pursuits to be whole. This is a lesson schools forget [Read More…]

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Not OK Anymore: Antisemitism Worse than Shakespeare

William Shakespeare may be the greatest writer in the English speaking world and a brilliant Christian thinker, but he was also limited by his time period. Shakespeare’s science is acceptable, given what was known when he wrote and his theology is mainstream Christian given the limits of the sixteenth and seventeenth century of turmoil in [Read More…]

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Empowering Ophelia: How to Know You are Dating Hamlet (Hamlet 3/3)

Hamlet is one type of boyfriend to be avoided at all costs. Dads cannot control their daughter’s lives, but if either of my daughters met Hamlet, I would have a strong opinion about the relationship. I sympathize with the poor lad and his horrid family background, but a relationship is not cheap therapy. Does Hamlet [Read More…]

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No Exit: Theism is not for the Fearful (Hamlet 2/3)

There is no escape from this life, what we have done, and the person we become. Those are facts and the sooner we start to deal with them, the happier we shall be. This will come as bad news to many, I am sure I don’t like it (at first.) Atheists sometimes claim that theists [Read More…]

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Questions are not the Problem: Finding Yourself and not Endless Sorrow (Hamlet 1/3)

Higher education begins in learning to form and ask good questions. A good professor challenges our deepest ideas and helps us see the world in a new way. The result of this education will be an ability to act. The best questions challenge the intellect, move the heart, and motivate action. Socrates called his students to know [Read More…]

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