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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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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