Lines like this call out the question of what Hamlet would have been like as a king, had he been given the chance. We think he would be a good one because he’s thoughtful and reflective and sees the absurdity of sending 2000 men to their deaths and wasting 20,000 ducats in the process. We think – this is the kind of leader who would keep us out of harm’s way, who would lead with compassion. But then – those leaders don’t often get remembered (or in our day and age, elected.) We do not necessarily value the philosophical leader. It’s almost as though we NEED them to be war-like and intractable so we have something to complain about.