Longtime and careful readers of this blog remember that from time to time, when the occasion warrants, we turn to our favourite bard for inspiration, or to help explain a point.
This is one of our favourite passages, by Portia, in the Merchant of Venice.
We have had the rare occasion at times to quote liberally from it during a sentencing.
Based on the discussion in the comments section last night and the general events since the first of the year, perhaps we should all take a moment to reflect on the words.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest:
it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown;
Though justice be thy plea,
That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation:
we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.
Indeed, a reading of the Merchant of Venice on a quiet night
is good for the soul of all of us.
Or, as is apparently the popular opinion of those who take the time to leave thoughtful comments, you can just call us a jerk and move on.
We do note that people on both sides of this issue did not like out post yesterday,
so maybe we are doing something right.
See You In Court. We’re the one with Shakespeare on our IPOD.