“There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all: since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes?” William Shakespeare (Hamlet, 5.2.214)
To live as Brazilian Pirahã
is to be wholly in the present
where mists of past and future
are intangibles of time.
To live with Pirahã worldview
is to have no word for worry.
Dreamtime is the same as waketime…
To live on the Meici River
is to flow one with the moment
where death is observation
eyes close…breath stops…
and readiness is all.
Art by Salvador Dali
4 thoughts on “Hamlet and the Piraha”
This is one of my favorites, so I’m pleased you like it. Smiles…
such an interesting topic, and your choice to juxtapose hamlet and the piraha gives the poem even more depth. i’m going to be thinking about this one for a while.
Glad you found this one, Michael. I’m convinced that acceptance is the link. Smiles…