Words, Words, Words

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This blog is taken from the post Words, Words, Words.

Yesterday’s post — “The Name of Action” — took its title from Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy. The title of today’s post comes from the same play. Hamlet knows that he needs to take action but fails to do so (until the very end). He talks and talks and talks, but does not act. So, when Polonius asks Hamlet, “What do you read, my lord?” Hamlet replies, “Words, words, words”. He is suggesting that the written word is merely a medium for thought, it is not the same as action.

It is strange to think that what Shakespeare wrote over 400 years ago can have any relevance to the climate crisis, but it does. Consider the transition between COP21 and COP26.

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