During the Renaissance, in the Enlightenment era where reason ruled, the upper classes had established all manner of norms and customs that were considered polite, inspiring the ambitious lower classes just a rung or two below to emulate those “above” them to assume such genteel behaviors, in hopes that one day they too would be of such rank.

Like the Pharisees who lobbied Pontius Pilot heavily for the crucifixion of Jesus, the rules themselves became more important than the intent behind them, as illustrated by the release of Barabbas a murderer and the execution of Jesus, a petty political demagogue.

To be polite is not a function of what works or sounds the best in winning the favor of others when we are in social settings, to be polite is to honor the souls in which we are blessed to interact with and as such cannot be borrowed from any book or any person for that matter. Honoring others cannot be taught, as it is not a technique or a script to be honed, honoring others is what we naturally seek to do when we allow ourselves to be human.

“The Badge of Mediocrity”, The Worst Best Kept Secret

One of the most potent spells people cast in life is on themselves. If they don’t try, then very little will ever be expected of them. So they do just enough to appear like they’ve tried, and “poof” they are off the hook for anyone to ever expect much from them in life. They’ve been gifted the “Badge of Mediocrity”, and when they do something just above what is expected of them, they are lauded with much adulation. This reinforces their decision to shrug responsibility in their lives.

When you’ve done much, risked much and pushed the envelope, you’ve positioned yourself as capable and those who released themselves from accountability in life, look to you for help as they are truly still children. They aren’t aware of this, as this strategy is the best kept secret there is. Holding oneself and others able, is the only possible healthy way to view the world and humanity, but so few do.

If you “find yourself” looking up to those who have conformed and wear the “Badge of Mediocrity” with pride, you’d best reconsider your worldview, lest you’ll surely be donning the Badge next.

Throwing  “Baby” out with the bath water

“Switching your focus from the old to the new does not mean creating a new image that will hopefully attract others to you so your needs may be supplied by them, it means you throw out what has been weighing you down and keep what lifts you up so you can gather the altitude to “See” and integrate more of what will lift you above the gravity which limits your view.”

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain.  Metaphor, Metaphor, Metaphor

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.”

We are all actors, it’s truly about whether we are aware that we are and who’s navigating our path.

An awareness granted from striving in the “Play” and the ambition that fuels it, is only an insight into the superficial layers of man. Those with the strongest need to control their environment and others succeed here. No true wisdom or growth is to be found in such strivings, other than the possible eventual revelation that “winning” in the world is a fools errand and that acting, without a deeper awareness, only separates us all internally and as a whole.

An awareness, like that of Shakespeare here, bestows upon him an uncanny intuition to sense the deeper meanings of experiences and to discern, not what the actors and actresses are literally saying with words necessarily, but what they are thinking and attempting to to garner from others, in spite of their own words. 

Much dialogue is spent battling with others, trying through ones cunning reason to gain the upper hand, and stealthly steering others away from truths and towards ones true agenda, though hidden through the superficialities of their words and body language.

Shakespeare, as Goethe also commented, was the “finest of psychologists” as he was a lover of people, which gave him an angst to study and know them on his own. His wisdom, in addition to his brilliance at turning a phrase and his effortless ability to playfully expose the actors behind their masks, allowed Shakespeare to write with such wit, humor, and honesty while providing a signal to clutch onto for those who seek to know higher truths.

These “Props” we perceive all around us can be “played” with but they are intended to “Show” us that which words cannot.

Some of my Favorite Freddie Quotes!

“No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche