Beware the “Iago” in all of us: How to see evil in people and in ourselves

In Shakespeare’s Othello, There is a soldier by the name of Iago. Now, Iago works under his general Othello where his goal was to become lieutenant. After being passed over from the job, Iago swears revenge on Othello and vows to make his life miserable. What is truly remarkable about Iago is that at first we see he has a goal in mind, yet as we progress throughout the play, Iago’s reason for revenge became more vague and in the end he becomes a total psychopath. Yet, it was one thing that made Iago go over the edge and seek revenge, which was the passing over of the lieutenant job that he most desperately wanted. From there, it spirals downhill and he makes Othello’s life a living hell.

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Patience and Gratitude: The Two wings you need to fly safely through life

There will be many situations throughout life, some we will like and some that we will abhor. These situations usually cause you to either be happy, or sad. Usually when you are sad, you feel that life is truly unfair and pose the question: Why did this happen to me? As a person you feel desolate and you give up on yourself and life in general. On the opposite side of the spectrum, When you have a situation that makes you happy, there is some evil behaviors that you may derive from this. You may become arrogant in  the actions that you do because you feel blessed. In addition, you might forget people who don’t have what you have and that will therefore increase your degree of arrogance. You may eventually have a heart of stone due to your sense of, again, arrogance. Yet, there are two simple qualities that you need in order that you may be able to avoid these evil behavior. These two qualities are Patience and Gratitude. Let us first began with Patience.

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A short story to reflect

There once was a man, who lived in pre-modern times, who had vast wealth and alot of offspring. One day, there came a flood which buried the man’s treasures and killed all of his offspring. All that was left was a single camel. As he was going to the camel, the camel got startled and he kicked the man in his face, blinding him. This man, penniless, a widow, and blind, kept continuing on his journey in the desert until he met a young man. The young man asked him where did he came from and the stricken man began to tell his story to this young man. This young man was amazed by the tenacity of this man and asked him:

“Don’t you blame anyone for the misfortune that has been placed upon you”.

The man then turns to the boy and he smiles. He then says:
“How can I blame anyone when I have ears that can hear, hands that can move, legs that can walk, a brain that can think, and a heart that is still beating”.

In this short story alone, we can infer two life lessons. Firstly, we need to be patient in times of adversity. We see that when this man has lost his wealth, kids, and his sight, did he sit down on the ground and start sulking uncontrollably. He kept on moving through the hot blistering sun and he kept his patience. Secondly, when the man was questioned why he didn’t complain about the things he lost, he replied that he still had abilities and blessings that he is still grateful for. I just wanted to share you this story as a reminder to remember the good times and be patient in the bad times. In addition, my plan is to write an article that explains the benefits of Patience and Gratitude.

A Will of Stone: How you can forge your will to take on life

It is a fact of Life that Life is hard. I am not going to sugar-coat it for you, Life is very hard.  When I think of life, I remember the words of Rocky Balboa to his son:

I really like how Balboa here is telling his son that life is a boxing match. In a boxing match, It is all about your will to win and how much you can endure. If you want to win , you  have to survive just a little bit longer than the other guy. We need to face life not with a weak or half-hearted will but with a  will of stone. For you see, when a stone is thrown around, it  still maintains it shape. When it is pounded second by second by the blades of a river, its edges are smoothed out. A rock endures through its tribulations, so why shouldn’t are wills be like a stone: determined, unwavering, and solid.


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