The existential dilemma facing Hamlet in Shakespeare's play is not too dissimilar to my predicament. Ofcourse, Hamlet's choice to act or not act is more intensely personal and its urgency is more immediately relevant to his historical context.
My choice is to believe or not to believe what I see and what I read. Let me give an example......
Here is another example of a depiction of Gaddaffi's rule.
Now have a look at these depictions of his rule.....
and this one ......
The question is, what to believe ?
I could have an opinion on this issue but as a wise spokesperson once said,
"Opinions are like arseholes ; everybody has one ."
I know propaganda is at work here but how to unravel what people living in Libya actually thought of the man and the general consensus of him ? And why should this matter to me ? Living on the other side of the planet ?
And how is my dilemma linked to Hamlet's " To be or not to be " ?
Well, I have to function in my every day life as a citizen and I need to make certain internal judgements about what I see or hear or understand in my world.
To believe or not to believe what I am exposed to is the challenge I face in my own world of, to be or not to be.
The metaphor that comes to mind is ;
I can be a mushroom living in the dark and being fed bullshit and be comfortable with the state of affairs; or,
I can be a tree cultivating my own growth and feeding off the sun with the wild, unpredictable rhythms of nature.
What do you think ?