Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dear Ophelia

[A fictional advice column for Ophelia from Hamlet]

Dear Ophelia,

     The best advice I can give you is not to dissimulate your feelings, especially to your father & brother. Have empathy towards your family and try to understand their point of view but don't give in to mellifluous words of others but at the same time don't give up your hedonism. Don't pander to the consensus of others, but follow your own path no matter how quagmire or parlous it may be. Don't let others constrict your free will to the point that you feel you must appease others no matter what the affect on yourself. If this happens you will only feel an acerbity for the rest of your life. Follow your own mind and use volition to challenge the protocol set forth by your family. You are your own person.

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