Probably one of the best written lines in all of literature, and yet so simple. “To be or not to be,” is the first line to Hamlets soliloquy in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet“. I personally regard this line as the best of any that I have either read, heard, seen or telepathically sensed.
This is the most important yet basic question of life, whether to live or not live. “Be” is in reference to being “here” or existing, so directly translated, it is “to exists or not to exist.” I think.
So is it worth it to continue living on and face the challenges that are expected in living or to just exit, stage right. It is though that everybody thinks about but not many talk about. Life is hard, it’s no walk in the park and, to quote Rocky, “it’ll beat you to your knees and leave you there permanently if you let it.” So why don’t we let it? i guess it’s human instinct, survival. It’s hard wired into us and that’s why most of us fight. At the end of the day, we want to be remembered as winners, we don’t want to be remembered as the person who gave up. So isn’t that peer pressure? (I am in no way promoting giving up, I’m just on a random thought trail.) But I guess without peer pressure there would be no competition, hence no advancement and we’d still be stuck in caves if not worst.
So why is it we choose to “be”? Survival? Peer pressure? Love? Optimism? i guess to each their own, or as my friend Warren likes to put it.