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What if Shakespeare got it right ?

“All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.  At first, the infant . . . ”          (“As You Like It”, Act 2, Scene 7)

Whatever about the Seven Ages of Man, the bard’s theatrical metaphor suggests an image of God unknown to the playwright 400 years ago,but an integral part of our own modern civilization.  What if we were all part of a reality show or a divine “Game of Thrones”, where the only spectator is God on His ?  What if we were merely players, like Jim Carrey in the movie “The Truman Show”, unaware that the world is a planetary movie-set where for 200,000 years generations have lived through at least some of their seven ages, their lives serving only to entertain their Creator ?  It is just as plausible as the popular image of a non-existent deity watching our every movement and keeping tally for the Day of Judgement.  Shakespeare knew better and said so :

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more.  It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”                    (“Macbeth”, Act 5, Scene 5)

RIDENDA      RELIGIO

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