And so, despite the many portents spread before me like an old and comforting blanket I will go forth today on the Ides of March. Does it matter that the date is ambiguous? On the Roman calender it is simply the 15th day of the month. Who knew there was an Ides of May, July and October. I certainly did not. Thanks to William Shakespeare the date is synonymous with death, betrayal, guilt. (it’s also about friendship and loyalty). Even those who have not read Mr. Shakepspeare’s work are familiar with the reference, familiar with the soothsayer/seer who warns Julius Ceasar to “beware the ides of March”.
How much of our perception of the world is influenced, yea, formed, by another’s words, by emotional contagion, popular thought, film, art, poetry, history? What goes into the mixing bowl that produces our “perception” of everyday life? Do we have control over it? How can we separate the yolk of individuality from the white that is the collective? According to the folks over at the Wakefield Doctrine we all choose, very early in life (around 5 or 6) one of 3 ways to view the world. We “choose” to view the world as either a clark, scott or roger. But the question remains: how does one choose?
It makes sense that as a clark fear has a prominent place in my “world view”. Therefore, it surprises me not that I favor the following quote.
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come”. – (Act II, Scene II)”
P.S. I was a tad dismayed that it is next to impossible to find an Iron Maiden Ides of March vid to share. Lo, I tire so and therefore shall take repose and listen yonder in my own abode to such music as will soothe my soul….today of all days.