Stay Strong (Crito)

A human reading this is going to die or is dead and is wasting the afterlife. Death is more sure than taxes and that is the surest thing not certain. Not all humans have died: Enoch, Elijah, and perhaps Arthur and a few others folk, but so many have that one need not plan on [Read More…]

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No Reason, No Justice (Apology)

Justice is hard to find in these perilous times. if you are a Christian in the parts of Syria no longer controlled by the government, martyrdom and God’s justice on the other side of the sword are your only hope. If you live in parts of the world, the rich can buy justice while the [Read More…]

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Taming Me (Taming of the Shrew)

Shakespeare was not infallible and The Taming of the Shrew is full of his limitations. Just as his biology was flawed, so his view of women was often wrong. He was not limited by his Christianity as much as by defects in a culture that was imperfectly Christian: a society based on muscle power will [Read More…]

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The Jolly Jokes of Virtue (Merry Wives)

The wages of virtue is jollification. This isn’t obvious, because we sometimes confuse not sinning with virtue. No manikin has ever sinned outside The Twilight Zone, but no dummy has virtue either. Goodness is beautiful and beauty is fun. Obviously, a church whose symbol is a cross and who experiences martyrdom warns that things do not [Read More…]

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Hoping Our Leader Drops Down from the Clouds (Henry IV Part 1)

The most pathetic of political partisans is the man who hopes his hapless candidate will turn out better than he has reason to believe he or she will. They hope to vote for what seems to be a vulgarian and then have an angel drop down from the clouds. This will not happen. Shakespeare tells [Read More…]

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Loving Rich Men, Needing Patrons (Timon of Athens)

Great Solomon, son of David, was a patron to artists because he was wise and rich. Serving his wisdom ennobled the man blessed enough to serve him. Wicked Jezebel was a king’s daughter, but her wealth corrupted those who honored her for her power. Christian culture is one that honors the patron: the noble man, [Read More…]

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Slander Gives Way to Truth (Cymbeline)

Want to spot an evil place? Find an organization where the “king” is always in place, but the “inferiors” change out quickly. You can be sure that slippery, slanderous, sneaks are whispering lies. There are “tricksy” souls intent on protecting or enriching themselves by slandering others. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has the good king [Read More…]

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I am in Love and that is Simply Grand (Two Gentlemen)

Being in love is on defense. If you are in love, you are aware that everyone that wishes to be in love and is not will be sad and those who are “out of love” will think you a liar or soon to be disillusioned. In fact, if you do not note the cynicism and [Read More…]

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Winning Is Temporary (King John)

Nothing is dumber than giving up morals for one victory, because victory is never forever. Ask King John. Disney had Prince John right when they made him a lion sucking his thumb on the throne in their animated Robin Hood. John had a lion-hearted brother and by comparison was not much to the Crusader, minstrel, and [Read More…]

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Not Wanting What is Good For Me (All’s Well That Ends Well)

There have been times in my life when what was best for me, obvious to everyone else, was not what I wanted: not at all. What about this? Plato argued that people always want to be happy, but that we do not always know what will make us happy. Being good will make us happy, [Read More…]

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