Shakespeare and Illusions on the Improvements of Society

and here we wander in illusions, some blessed powers deliver us from hence“And here we wander in illusions;
Some blessed power deliver us from hence.”
(Comedy of Errors, act 4, sc. 3)

Comments. The so-called social media is filled with information about the political and social issues of the moment. Wars running and/or pending in the Middle East and Asia – economic depression, economic recessions, budget deficit, medical care, should it be private? Should it be universal? Is welfare socialism? Aren’t the government corporate and bank handouts but socialism for the rich? And so on. The tone and passion in these web debates is at high pitch. To the point that we could conclude that these matters are at the forefront of thought in the collective political mind. Not in the least. Today the most important subject of interest in the Internet is the ‘Emmy’ award(s) – whether it will be bestowed on one silly TV sit-com or another – half a million searches! He who writes this does not even know nor wants to know  what ‘Emmy’ means.
The second item of interest is a mass-sport event. None of the issues mentioned before are even in the running as subjects of interest. One would think that access to the Internet implies a level of intelligence already above television, the operation of which requires the pressing of one knob. As simple as it is, web surfing requires typing and some discrimination among the commands and instructions.
And yet the numbers speak by themselves. He who expects changes and even minor redresses of society’s imbalances and/or horrors will be very disappointed. Indeed, we wander in illusions and we will need incredible (let alone blessed) powers to deliver us from hence. The reality is beyond question.

Tips for Use. Indicate (with the first line), your pessimism and objection to a line of reasoning or proposals, typically in a meeting or panel discussion.

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In the play. The distraught Antonio of Syracuse is mistaken for Antonio of Ephesus by servant Dromio (of Syracuse).

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