Hope

“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.” -Hamlet’s Soliloquy

This Shakespearean piece of literature is a tragedy about a man who is faced with a difficult mid-life crisis situation and as introduced in the text, confusing as to take on his obstacles or to simply ease the mind by ending his own life. As he mediates on his life decision, he ponders through the possibilities he’d have to endure for either choice: the unknown afterlife and the despair of a sinner. In the end of Hamlet’s Soliloquy, he makes the decision to not end his life merely because of fear. Despite the fact that he did not have the resolve to run away, his cowardice can be a spark of hope for something better than what death would offer. Hope is what has carried on humanity, even when it seemed as if it were less painful to be yielding. The beauty of life and humanity is that they had struggled against the odds in this naturally unfair world, evolving and emerging as a form of belief of the slightest of chance. It is a sense that allows us to want something to happen and to expect it to happen during times of hardship, uncertainty, and hesitation.

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