Tuesday, 21 July 2009

The Seven Ages

Thought I'd re-post this entry from my very first attempt at blogging way back when.

All the world's a stage is the phrase that begins a famous soliloquy from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jacques. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man:
  1. infant,
  2. school-boy, student
  3. lover,
  4. soldier, jealous in honour - quick in quarrel
  5. justice, reflecting and deciding
  6. pantaloon, meaning rich, retired and lecherous
  7. second childhood,
Shakespeare means that the world is nothing but a theatrical stage where we humans are actors. From our birth we enter the stage and keep on acting true to our age, until old age when we act the last scene.

By contrast, here is how "The Seven Ages of Woman" was depicted eons ago ( by Hans Baldung Grien at theLeipzig, Museum der Bildenden K√ľnste).

(Note: I've removed the actual picture and provided just the link)

How typical of men indeed, they talk of themselves in terms of functionalities but see women only in forms!

All God's creatures, if they live long enough, shrivel and die. It does not matter really how you look when you die but it is how you had acted in your various roles in life that measures your worth in God's eyes.

So is the world a stage? Hey, we are all auditioning for the next show.

I am KaiZendra and I embody KAIZEN.


Saya... said...

Zee Shakespeare!

Dakwah cara moden based on All The World's a Stage! Hehehe...

Zendra said...

Saya, it was rumoured that Shakespeare was actually Sheikh Sfer, the persian origin of the word "sphere". It might well be that William yang berdakwah.

Me don't know to dakwah lah, what with pics of full-frontal summore???!!!

DrSam said...

Yes, how typical men are. However,if we add two more lives to make it to nine then we are going to have a catwoman.

Zendra said...

Hahahaha only with your magic teropong Doc, meow...

Capt's Longhouse said...

i never out grew my first childhood i guess yaa !! hahaha,,plus still quick in quarrel justifying justice too.
indeed living a theatrical pirate lifestyle on board kapas yoohohoing around yooooo!!
am also as crazy as one can imagine-lah. Today i felt like killing my frenchy houseguest, lucky Bib was around to chill/cool things off. it was my worse day so far on kapas to-date. Man i was so mad, it was not funny !!!!!!!!!!

Zendra said...

Capt. am very concerned about homicidal tendencies in this country in recent days. Even more on supposed Paradise island? And targeted on frenchy GUEST? Wow that must have been some provocation! Banyak2lah istighfar Capt, ingat tuhan, ingat mak - and minta Bib bagi Capt nice massage - kasi cool down release stress lah hahaha.

Eh what happen to your first-class Malaysian hospitality lah? down the drain?