Sometimes Shakespeare really nails it.
Lately I have been hearing Leanne say some lines that really echo human-caused Climate Change.
She is playing Titania, The Faerie Queen, in the Bard on the Bandstand production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I am playing Oberon, the Faerie King.
The King and Queen are not getting along and it’s causing all kinds of problems.
Titania describes it like this:
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:
And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems‘ thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which:
And this same progeny of evils comes
From our debate, from our dissension;
We are their parents and original.
Oberon responds with:
Do you amend it then; it lies in you:
Why should Titania cross her Oberon?
Which is a pretty typical response to the global threat of Climate Change, isn’t it? If we’re not denying it’s happening, we’re expecting someone else to do something about it.