Gertrude, mother of an angry son

by Suzanne Bennett on October 28, 2011

The future generation is always at odds with the previous one, much like the current protesting occupants on Wall Street. Under those circumstances, I’m sure we would all agree, the uprising is justified. The egregious sins of the parents are not easily pardonable, nor should they be. And when the sin is the metaphorical murder of a beloved parent, any child would cry for revenge.

I think Shakespeare was saying much about parenthood, the egoic state, and larger transformations in collective evolution, when he wrote Hamlet. As children grow up and struggle to identify themselves in the world, they awaken to the fact that they are like seed carriers of their parent’s unresolved condition. The ego enters the mind like poison in the ear. Adult children may see their own flaws as a direct legacy handed down to them, over which they had no control. When the young adult becomes cognizant of the parent’s egoic being, aka their flaws, foibles, sexuality, and grosser sins, they falsely believe they are seeing their characters objectively , when in fact, a mirror interpretation of self is reflecting back to them; an equally flawed entity. The child rails against their own developing egoic state, for ego recognizes ego. Once ego is born, all bets are off, mistakes are made all over the place, and conscience folds in on itself. So, in the “To be” speech, Hamlet may be battling to remain conscious, pushing against his encroaching egoic state, in an inner war. Back to Wall street: may the uprising not turn violent, for as John Lennon said, we mustn’t fight violence with violence, or we are replicating the damage. And we know what happened to Hamlet and the gang. Like capitalist Wall Street, no longer deified and absolute but a dead version of some former glorified image, the archetypical parent stands guilty of not being what they were supposed to have been: constant and eternally protective. More soon. G

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