Today’s Words to Ponder are spoken by Sir Malcolm Muckerex, the pompous and erudite narrator in Fred Newman’s play, “Life Upon the Wicked Stage.” The play was first performed live at the American Psychological Association Convention in 1997; you can watch a video performance of it here.
The world is a wicked stage upon which we all perform our lives. The paradox of people trying to perform decent lives on a wicked stage sometimes becomes overwhelming. So with modernism, which in the early years of this century generated achievements of almost unbelievable magnificence, even as the stage for the remainder of the century was being built—a set for 50 years of devastating warfare. But although the stage is wicked it does not follow that life is wicked.