How to Be

The poem How to Be takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  It is perhaps the most recognized soliloquy in literature.   The troubled prince of Denmark, deliberating the merits of living with discontent or taking a step into the great unknown of death, missed the bigger question.  Not whether to merely live, but what to do with that life.  

To be or not to be

That is not the question

As if all of life were A or B

One or zero

Computers are binary

Humans are not

Our possibilities are enormous

On any given day

In moments of inspiration

In flashes of brilliance

Throughout a lifespan

Ordered by principals

Shaped by thought

Demonstrated by action

To be or not to be

To live or not to live

No, a better question is

What to be

A better question is

How to be

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