The dishonest run when no one is chasing them, but an honest person is as brave as a lion.
“Me? I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest… Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly…stupid.” — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (from Kelsey Omvig)
Hamlet’s fideism, a vague faith in God’s ability to sort out the mess of this world without any more specific religious dogma, is the kind of faith that many honest, thinking people have reached in our own day. Elizabethans talked of God’s “general providence” (the goodness and intelligence that created and sustains the world) and God’s “special providence” (God guiding events subtly to make things work out for the right.) You will need to decide for yourself whether “special providence” is at work in our own world, or whether Shakespeare actually believed so. But Hamlet thinks it does.