Posts tagged ‘Shakespeare’

August 22, 2012

The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck

MACBETH:

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas’d;

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;

Raze out the written troubles of the brain;

And with some sweet oblivious antidote

Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff

Which weighs upon the heart?

DOCTOR:

Therein the patient

Must minister to himself.

 ( From the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare)

The Road less travelled is a self help book.

Well dear reader, if you got a smirk after reading that last sentence; no one really blame you.

In fact  it is possible to make an argument against the phrase “self help” itself. It is not exactly self help when you are doing what someone else (a guru or author a self help book) tells you to do. Particularly when you have paid him, so you can help yourself. Why the price then? (in this case the price of the book).

Here in lies the first lesson. It is alright to seek “self help” by consulting a guru. A genuine guru (or consultant) lets you know that he cannot solve your problems. In such matters you must minister yourself. And to his credit M. Scott Peck lets the reader know that ultimately he has to help himself.

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March 11, 2012

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;

And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name.

–         William Shakespeare

The savvy reader will sense a tad of desperation here. For the first post on this blog I have selected a man (and a book on that man) who is one of the most searched, googled, twittered celebrity on this planet. What can I possibly say about Steve Jobs, that hasn’t already been said? Well, I can say a lot of thing, as I feel that most of the articles and write ups on Jobs were suffering from something called a shoe-string complex.

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