“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare, (All’s Well That Ends Well). contrasted with “To be, or not to be, that is the question,” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, when distilled into “To enable, or not to enable, that is the question” in any family law context risks defathering the child(ren) by treating [basic family human] rights as privileges. Every organ of the state must be mindful to respect established family life and not cross the limits of state inference.
The above play on words got me pondering on both the natureand choice of behaviours of those thatintentionally or unintentionally become enablers of parental alienation.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question,” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably the best known line from literature and theatre. In its entirety the speech shows Hamlet’sprofound dissatisfaction with life andits many struggles. He is uncertain what death by suicide may bring.This is subtly underpinnedwith the Christiandenunciation of suicide, the Tudor belief that suicideleads to the fires of hell.Hamlet is highlighting the dread and uncertainty of suicide. He believes the wrongjudgment call leads to the fiery gates of hell with no way back.
In life there are many decisions and actionsthat are pivotal. Enablers of parental alienationultimately make the wrong judgement call, when they intentionally or unintentionally engage in certain behaviours. Some choose to ‘turn a blind eye’ while others are prevented…
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