Morsels from Henry V

Morsels of Henry V

As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabber. – Plato, but referenced in Henry V

While the opening ceremonies for the Olympics were being broadcast Friday evening, Henry V was beautifully presented by New London’s all-volunteer, Flock Theatre.   What a treat to picnic on the Custom House Pier with a simple banner-laden staging, basic lighting and some well-called sound cues on a breezy summer evening. Amtrak train whistles and engines pounded into the speeches like dramatic Hollywood SFX.  We were transported to battles with the large, LOUD cast shouting ‘ARRRRRRRRRR” as they brought us convincingly into the intensity – and absurdity – of war.

As I wasn’t familiar with the play (how did I escape reading that one as an English-Drama major?), I jotted down a few lines that hit me during the performance.  I went back and cut and pasted them from Google searches into a document and here share them with you.   I hope you might find some inspiration or other useful purpose as I have.  Perhaps take five minutes and absorb a few poetic morsels, an augmentation to the beautiful B-roll we’re seeing of England these weeks.   All quotes are Shakespeare’s (or are they?) unless noted. Did Shakespeare Really Write His Plays? A Few Theories Examined | Anglophenia | BBC America

 

Dauphin, I, iv

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin,


As self-neglecting.

 

King Henry, III, i

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;


Or close the wall up with our English dead.


In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man


As modest stillness and humility:


But when the blast of war blows in our ears,


Then imitate the action of the tiger;


 

Dishonour not your mothers; now attest


That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.


 

And you, good yeoman,


Whose limbs were made in England, show us here


The mettle of your pasture; let us swear


That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;


For there is none of you so mean and base,


That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.


 

King Henry, IV, iii

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,


And say, ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’


Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,


But he’ll remember with advantages


What feats he did that day. 

 

But we in it shall be rememberèd;


We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

 

And gentlemen in England, now a-bed


Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,


And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks


That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

 

King Henry, IV, i

No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony,

Not all these, laid in bed majestical, 


Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave, 


Who with a body fill’d and vacant mind

Gets him to rest, cramm’d with distressful bread;

Never sees horrid night, the child of hell, 


But, like a lackey, from the rise to set 


Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night 


Sleeps in Elysium;

 

King Henry, V, iii

O Kate! nice customs curtsy to great kings.

Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined

within the weak list of a country’s fashion:

we are the makers of manners.   

Media ignores 14 dead immigrants during Aurora week

They flew Ann and Soledad out to feed off the heart ache of Aurora, but how come we never saw ‘breaking news’ on this tragedy?
I’d like to understand more about the causes than the effects. Which kills more people, our lack of gun control enforcement or our immigration policy?  And what part does the media play in our nation’s focus on these two ‘third rails’ of American politics?   Neither candidate is talking about either issue and the media’s playing along.  Sure, President Obama mentioned something about automatic weapons, but no one’s putting their name on any legislation. Obama Addresses Gun Control Following Aurora Shooting (VIDEO).
AP: The victims – men, women and children – were carrying toothbrushes, toothpaste and changes of socks and underwear but no identification.
And no one’s talked about the 14 anonymous immigrants.  Of course, we all feel for the victims of the heinous actions of a lone crazed gunman in Colorado, but when will the media start to pay attention to the policies that are contributing to these tragic deaths?

Is the exclamation point dead or just wounded?

Since my headlong plunge into ‘business media’ via LinkedIn and the invasion of a band of summer interns, one of the most important things I’ve discovered is that there are some people – well, a lot of people – who seem to feel the exclamation point is often overused. And a mirror’s been held to my face.  Guilty as charged!  I mean, Guilty.  Period.

Attitude for me has always been the most important aspect of a business relationship.  As long as we’re both positive, or at least constructive and moving forward, then things get done.  As Stevie Wonder said, ” ‘Cause when you’re livin’ in the positive, your destination is the brightest stah-ah-ar.”*  The exclamation point has always been a way for me to say, “I’m loving this business thing.  It’s fun.”   I can see now how, with the right word choices, the exclamation point can actually get in the way of the message.

So let’s say good-bye to some of the heavy punctuation and start assuming a positive attitude is present in each of us doing the business of a Smarter Planet. Though I feel I am losing something, I think I’m communicating a bit better.  And that’s what really matters, right?  Can I get an amen?!

Stevie Wonder – Masterblaster MP3