The theatre of life

This is one of the cruelties of the theatre of life; we all think of ourselves as stars and rarely recognize it when we are indeed mere supporting characters or even supernumeraries. — Robertson Davies in Fifth Business

I’d take out the “mere” and possibly “supernumeraries”, but otherwise I agree with him. We live in a society that tells everyone that they are the star of the show…along with everyone else. We are all called to something big and splashy and and up front and there will be no secondary players.

Of course, without supporting actors, there is no show.

2 thoughts on “The theatre of life

  1. yarb

    Without supporting actors, there is no show. But no-one notices if a supporting actor is missing, and there are literally countless stand-in supporting actors for any moderately well-publicised (doesn’t even have to be good) show.

  2. Marc

    Ah, but they have stand-ins because those supporting actors are needed! If they were dispensable, there would be no stand-ins needed.

    (How far can we stretch this analogy?)

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