I’ve been thinking about the message of Hamlet’s ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy.
Essentially, Hamlet is contemplating suicide. However, due to the unknown nature of the afterlife, Hamlet is convinced that mortal suffering is better than whatever may come after death. In other words, since there is no direct answer as to what happens upon death, Hamlet concludes that it is not worth the risk.
If you attempt to apply this to everyday ideas (perhaps those less suggestive than suicide), you will find that Hamlet concludes that it is better to not take risks in life as future cannot be guaranteed. Obviously, the dilemma over taking the risk and not taking it is entirely different than when your life is on the line, however the principle still stands.
My belief, contrary to Hamlet’s, is that life requires risk. If you look at all technological innovations up to this point, they have been discovered because people have ventured into undiscovered territory and uncovered information that people previously knew nothing of. In my opinion, without risk, there is no progress.