Around 1600 CE, William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet and inked the eternal quote:

To be, or not to be: that is the question.

In 2009, Kanye West wrote My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and modernized the bard’s question in “Dark Fantasy”:

But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover?

This comparison has been stuck in my head since I heard the album.¬†We went from suicide as our only option to all kinds of wonderful drugs. If that’s not real progress, I don’t know what is.