What a Piece of Work


One of my small pleasures is to go to look up the history of a given day at Wikipedia. Today, in the year 800, it turns out, at least according to Wikipedia “Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.”

Beyond the kettle and pot thing of emperor and pope, I found myself thinking of our human condition.

And I find that lovely line from Hamlet, “What a piece of work is man.”

Now, “piece of work” has come to have two meanings, what a delight, and what a mess…

And Shakespeare’s monologue captures both.

Ain’t it true?

Of course these days for those of in particular connected to our Zen communities in North America, the mess is a tad easier to notice than the delight.

And, while we have to notice the mess, it is also good to pause and recall the delight…

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