Today’s episode of the Iron Samurai podcast begins with a quotation from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:1
… What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on th’ event—
A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward—I do not know
Why yet I live to say “This thing’s to do,”
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means2
To do ’t.
Other topics include:
- How to avoid tragedy of your own making
- The case for blaming the victim: yes, I’m talking to you, Captain Victim Complex.
- Why being Hamlet is better than being Macbeth!… And why being Macbeth is better than being Oedipus!
- Why a skinny girl can’t open a big door on a windy day
- What you can learn from the drunken fat man with the big laugh
- Hamlet vs Falstaff: battle to the death!
- The story of Steven the Pseudo-Skeptic
- Why you can’t get out of the prison of your own brain
- The big life lesson I learned from Prince (the musician, not Prince Hamlet)
- The horrible price of Romanticism: You cannot become disillusioned unless you were once illusioned
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