“There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
– William Shakespeare –
This quote arises inquisitiveness. Quite simple read yet conveys an intense idea of human perceptions.
The picture is from the movie “The Fault in Our Stars” where Hazel accuses Augustus of “Hamartia” when he takes out a cigarette and puts between his teeth without realizing the fact that Augustus never lit the cigarette. She calms down only after he explains her “the metaphor”.
Very often, we tend to be judgmental about the acts of others without knowing the real reason behind it. We can never understand a personality by spending just couple of minutes with anyone. So, how can we tag anyone of being “good” or “bad”? It takes a little understanding and patience before we begin peppering our opinions and perspectives.
Similarly, when there are stern decisions to be made under certain circumstances, each one of us has a diverse take. What we think to be right is what we settle on. For that matter, it is never obligatory that what appears to be right for us ought to be equal for someone else. This is where the disparity comes in.
Such is the equivocacy of perceptions.
The quote is taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet where Hamlet is in conversation with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his acquaintances from university. Here, Hamlet states that Denmark is not “good” as it appears like a prison to him .
Denmark being “bad” is just a state of mind of Hamlet since he is aware of being watched and spied upon on the orders of his step–father, King Claudius. Hence, Hamlet, here, is a prisoner of his own outlook.
So are we all. Unless we try to broaden our minds and have patience.
I have been nominated for the 3 days quote challenge by Somali Chakrabarti who blogs on various segments including social awareness, leadership, travel, culture to name a few. Her blog, Scribble And Scrawl is very inspiring and a must read.
I thank Somali for this challenge.
The rules of the challenge follow:
- Post a favorite quote of yours for 3 consecutive days, obviously a different quote each day from any book, any author of your choice. It could also be your own quote.
- Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
My nominees are:
Tales Of The Opal Moon by Rakesh Pandey
Sunshine and Zephyr by Shweta Dave
Bhavikk Shah’s Blog by Bhavikk Shah