All the world’s a stage…

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances…” ~ Shakespeare

My phone buzzed late last night.  It was a text message from a friend who knows I never watch TV news: Osama Bin Laden is dead!

I was surprised by my own lack of interest in this announcement.  Certainly it’s momentous in its own way.  A powerful player has been ejected from the arena of world affairs.  A host of families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks no doubt feel a sense of great relief.

So, it isn’t a small thing.  No it’s not.

Take a moment, though, and visualize with me this earth-stage if you will.  Imagine the grand drama we are all putting on for each other–complete with black villains, shining heroes…fools & charlatans, prophets & kings.

We’ve killed a villain.  Now what?

Have we eliminated violence?  Have we solved anything in a permanent way?  I’m not here to judge the right-ness or wrong-ness of this situation.  My hands are not raised in victory or defense for either side.

Instead, I hold space for all of us here on earth.  We are, as Shakespeare said, merely players on a stage.  Most of the world’s population is unconsciously participating in the vast drama.  We throw ourselves into battle, we defend our turf, we play the unexamined roles assigned to us.

Until…  Until we awaken to the knowledge that all humans are part of one family.  We are gathered in a circle around this globe.  Ever tighter the circle grows, ever closer we draw together.  We can no longer ignore each other’s voices in this crowded theater.

The time has come, my friends.  We are called upon to learn new ways of being. 
Can we do it?
Will we do it?
That question still remains.

So, for now, the grand act continues.  If “all the world’s a stage,
and all the men and women merely players…”, what role will you play?  You can choose your part, you know. 

Why not become a peace-monger?

My friend, Ian Lawton, wrote a beautifully insightful article about this on his “Soulseeds” website.  Be sure to check out “No Hell Below Us

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PS…for more of my thoughts on the bigger picture read an earlier post > “Dancing With Consciousness ~ a parable

20 Responses

  1. I agree. It doesn’t warrant the buzz alone, and certainly not if placed in context via the Big Picture.

  2. “Well said Jacob!” replied one of the peace-mongers as she exited the stage.

  3. I think everyone knows that. It’s just nice to have a victory party sometimes. Even if it’s only a symbolic one.

  4. I am on team peace monger!

  5. Well, we were victorious in eliminating an enemy of our country that we’ve been hunting for 10 years. It is a significant victory…tho, of course, it won’t bring world peace…….I’m living my life to try to maintain peace in my own life, which is challenging enough 😉 I DO appreciate all the thoughts and soul-searching this opportunity affords! ❤

    • Shari,

      that’s a good place to be–after all…it’s how we weave heaven & earth together. 🙂 Change our own inner world and allow that light to shine outward. One breath at a time…one courageous act of love at a time.

      thanks for joining the conversation!


  6. An enlightened person has detachment yet great compassion for all, understanding the feelings and emotions and why people react as they do without buying into those same reactions. They have the ability to stand back and be an observer (‘in the world but not of it’) and if they have enough courage, they comment on these things in order to help others to also grow and evolve… congratulations Jacob – a truly enlightened soul and evolved spirit – a true Rowdy Creator! Love Janny

  7. Ah… I have one very similar post here 2B of Not 2B Changed?

  8. “You can choose your part, you know.”

    Peace-mongering it is: I choose peace.

  9. Indeed, peace-mongering it is, with love as the guide to peace. Thanks, Jacob. Well-said.

  10. […] My friend Jacob Nordby expressed similar sentiments in his blog. He’s well worth […]

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