“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.