The Count Down Begins. Own Dark Skies on Blu-Ray™ May 28th
Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
The law enjoins us to fulfill our function as brave men (e.g., not abandon our post, not to flee, and not to throw away our arms), as self-controlled men (e.g., not to commit adultery or outrage), as gentle men (e.g., not to strike or defame anyone), and similarly with the other kinds of virtue and wickedness. It commands some things and forbids others, and it does so correctly when it is framed correctly, and not so well if it was drawn up in haste.
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream
Act V, Scene I
Othello, The Moor of Venice
Act II, Scene III
Measure for Measure
Act I, Scene 4