WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH ABOUT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AND ABORTION?
Last night I watched Macbeth, a play I studied in depth for Advanced Level English Literature in my youth, many years ago. I could not help but think of the dual plagues of school shootings and abortion on demand in our current culture. Shakespeare obviously had a high regard for the sanctity of human life.
Macbeth is important for its exploration into the depths of the human mind and character. It teaches us how humans can be easily seduced by deceptive selfishness, where the purest of soul can be tainted from its good intentions. His wife’s desire for him to succeed in becoming the king, lead Macbeth into yielding to both her ambitious yearns and his inner greed. We see vividly a transformation from a man, “too full of the milk of human kindness”, into a sinister figure that has been driven to murder and ultimate loneliness and eventual madness by malevolent snares.
People feel lonely for a number of reasons, including simple social awkwardness and intentional isolation. Some people may even feel lonely when they are surrounded by people because they lack meaningful connections with those people. The only ultimate cure for loneliness is by reconnecting with God our creator through Jesus Christ, which in turn leads to reconnecting with family members and genuine friends who have also connected with God and with others.