Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Sorrow concealed ...

"Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopped
does burn the heart to ashes where it is"

from Titus Andronicus (Act II, Scene IV)- Shakespeare.

I'm trying to figure out this phrase, although it seems obvious, I suppose it means if an oven door is forced closed rather than the oven turned off. 'Titus Andronicus' is about revenge, pure revenge and it seems to be very applicable to the situation today in NI. How do we move forward? How do we cope with the past? I don't think we cope with it by trying to 'conceal' the hurt that has been caused.

I have gone all Shakespeare, I bought a 'guide' to Shakespeare yesterday and a 'Complete Works' today and I have been reading as much as I can. The theme of revenge fits in well with my other book 'You got nothing coming' by Jimmy Lerner. Lerner in prison in Nevada USA soon realises prison is only about revenge, there is no rehabilitation programmes, nothing to encourage him to do well - 'he has nothin' coming' and deserves nothing. It seems the people of Nevada have got so sick of seeing prisoners in a 'holiday camp' that they had stripped almost all the programs and rehab functions out of prison. Jimmy aka OG (old goat) is told that the parole board looks well on prisoners who take the rehad programs and even though they are not running, he has his name placed on the list but this isn't good enough - he got nothin' coming.

When it comes down to revenge, the only people who suffer are ourselves - Shakespeare realised that and if only more people could see that today. One prisoner in Nevada is released to re-offend within a week, instead of the governer realising the damage that is being done to the ordinary citizens by the lack of rehab programs in prison, he merely stops the parole of all other prisoners, including OG.

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