Tagged Human Nature

Stage of Fools

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” Lear spoke these words outdoors, and hearing them outdoors recently made me shiver. The actor playing Lear said these words in gathering darkness on the bank of the Hudson River.  It was so chilly some of the audience wrapped up in their picnic blankets. Yet even though I was in an open-sided tent on the gorgeous grounds of a Hudson River mansion, being exposed to nature helped me remember that Shakespeare was writing about a great and powerful king reduced to helplessness, wandering lost…