The quotation “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” comes from Shakespeare‘s Hamlet, Act III, scene II, where it is spoken by Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. The phrase has come to mean that one can “insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying.” The phrase is often misquoted as “Methinks the lady doth protest too much,” and is commonly used in the second person as “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” But whether you quote it correctly, incorrectly or as a tool for meanings-sake, I often feel it describes well the fervency of the raging that comes from out the camp of non-believers or Atheists. Why is their non-belief so important to them, more importantly, why is my belief so important to them. I do not generally rage against their non-belief but there is great effort, and often angry, aggressive effort, to dissuade me from my belief.
There are those who have accused me of being blindly faithful just because when someone attempts to engage me in something that appears as if contradictory from within the scripture, I reply with I don’t know, or even more infuriating that I don’t care… And it isn’t exactly correct that I don’t care, but I firmly believe that as language is fallable, the use of it to discern or interpret the divine is inherently flawed. This is where we must commit to faith and understand that similarly, when I first learned to command the pages of the Dick and Jane Readers, I really could not yet say that I could read. Yes I was reading at some level, but if handed Tolstoy, or Steinbeck or Dickens, I would have been loath to say then that I could read.
There are many things beyond human comprehension. My God is one of those. In fact, my God is all of those. As I believe that the one true God is the source of all there is, then at some level I can also accept that there are many incongruities within our understanding, or lack there of, in “all there is,” that we may want to reserve our judgement of what I call “The IS” until we have become one with It, Him, Her, Whatever…
So, If you ask me for something incredibly deep and transformational by way of faith, Spirituality, Dogma, Philosophy, etc. I will gladly, even gleefully speak with you for hours on what you believe and what I may believe, but in the end, what I actually KNOW is tantamount to the Dick and Jane Reader of Faith. I trust in “The IS.” And I look forward to the day when I look upon His Face and truly know.