Last night, I went to Dallas to watch the Shakespeare in the Park production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Musical." With go-go dancers and funky bass lines, this faithful reproduction appeared just as the original play did in the Bard's time, some 400 years ago. But can you imagine how special it must have been to see this classic in its original form? Imagine William Shakespeare himself standing backstage at the Globe Theater, directing his young charges as they recite his brand-new dialogue. How much money would one pay today for the opportunity to travel back in time to experience such a transcendent moment in literary history?
A half-millennium from now, humans will no doubt have the same envious feelings about you, dear readers. For you are able to read these teachings straight from the ayatollah's lips.