Something Shakespeare Said
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; ~William Shakespeare, from As You Like It
But if the world is a stage, and the people are players, where is the audience? Who is writing the script?
Are we all to play soliloquy through our seven personal acts, regardless of what other actors may appear in the scene?
Shakespeare’s metaphor of acts sets our expectations of the possibility of a deus ex machina to come in and cap our story to a resolution and lesson.
All the world is not a stage. It is an entire theatre production.
How tempting to consider the entirety of our lives as performance, but what then of those moments when we receive others' performance?
Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and watch the show.