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“Feel it like a man”

November 14, 2015

conradbrunstrom

Rmacduff

MALCOLM

Dispute it like a man.

MACDUFF

I shall do so;
But I must also feel it as a man

Rereading Macbeth, I was reminded of the impoverishing horror of an unholy set of truncated jumps from atrocity to analysis to policy to action.  Macduff has only just been told of the murder of his entire family and he’s instantly urged to “something about it”.  Malcolm, the future King Malcolm, is an unfeeling sort of body – first cousin to Fortinbras in Hamlet – someone who can act but who can’t properly react.  Macduff can do both, but he needs some time.

We have hundreds of people dying in, on and close to the borders of Europe.  I don’t know what to do about this, but I know we’re not getting enough time to feel it.

Of course, the katiehopkinsification of popular political discourse has made it cool and…

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