A tribute to Shakespeare’s Contributions to the Future
At this perilous moment in human history with a threat of possible nuclear war looming, a global pandemic decimating populations, and needlessly imposed famine stalking the Earth, we likewise have creative individuals reaching for the heavens, charting a pathway to a future of shared humanity. William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday passed this week and as he composed for the future, we who choose to bring forth a renaissance pay tribute to his works. Here is just one of his 154 sonnets, Sonnet XIV.
Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
And yet methinks I have astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well,
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert;
Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.
For the importance of Shakespeare to statecraft we provide you with but only two of Lyndon LaRouche’s writings dealing with the bard’s role in history-shaping. The True Statesman: The Historical Individual, 2002; and Nicholas of Cusa, Kepler & Shakespeare, 2013.