“It is easy to go down into hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.”
There’s nothing like great literature to make a point about life. And Virgil was a smart guy.
Simplistically … I think this is his way of saying it sure is easier going down than up.
But Life, in general, is a slippery slope which always seems to tantalize you to take a step down. I imagine we all take a step, or 2 or 3, down in Life at some point.
But that’s the thing.
No matter how far down you go, even to what feels like hell, you will have the chance to climb back out.
Maybe I should say … you have a high probability you will have a window of opportunity to get out of hell <it may be a small window unfortunately>.
Regardless of the size of the window it takes some strength of character to do it but it can be done. Not suggesting it is easy … but it can be done.
Life has a habit of testing us on occasion <often>. One could argue that’s what makes life interesting.
I would actually argue that Life makes it much much easier to step down than up. And I would also argue that Life never hesitates to show you the down stairwell and is less forthcoming on encouraging you to find the up stairwell.
We will all take the down stairwell at some point in Life … and at that point?
To climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.