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6 July 2000
          "Recently, my recreation time, which hasn't been much, has had me rereading a lot of Shakespeare's writings. Perhaps, it's my inclination toward English history or just that artistic side which peers its head out from time to tome. Never the less, William has seemed to be a help of late. 

          "I suppose, one reason I enjoy Shakespeare so much is because of understanding the motivation beneath his work. He sought not to please the world around him...a very dangerous world at the time I might add -- but rather, he sought to teach the world of itself. He wrote comedically of incestuous kings, and heated romances. He wrote tenderly of chauvinistic men who dominated the opposite gender. And when you were done seeing his play or hearing his song or poem, you left the theater with your tears well drained or your belly full of laughs, yet more importantly...you left with a hidden message in your heart. Back at the palace, the king secretly considered himself a little more rationally. Lovers in tryst, thought more deeply about their treasured affections. And once home, men would treat their wives a little more tenderly. Shakespeare was anointed, just as we all are in desire to protect our gifts. 

          "Innocence is a precious gift. The curiosities which fill our hearts regarding life, love, even God...are all based from that place. I'm not speaking philosophically, but rather, from the nature of which we truly are. That probably sounds esoteric... doesn't it? Sadly, we tend to lose our innocence as life proceeds. Some of it goes through hurts experienced, other times through accidents of fate, and perhaps saddest of all, we lose much of it as we take on the wisdom of the world. We all want to be informed and thus, we gradually lose our naiveté, just as the world in whole is gradually losing its naiveté. Of course, we see it through as growing wiser, more sophisticated ...more aware."

- William C. Payton
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