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To Be Burned By The Stars Which is better to live a life of greatness then risk a tragic downfall that is in accordance with the height to which one was elevated or perhaps it is better to accomplish little so that life classically paradox where struggle and conflict for possessions and recognition are paramount not much is lost at the end of it Ultimately everything is stripped away and what is left what really counts for anything at all is found from within but hardly ever accounted for It is in the last moments that greatness is achieved because it is here that when stripped of the illusionary greatness--possessions fame modesty false or otherwise--that one comes face to face with how great he or she really is When this is viewed at the end of a tragic downfall brought to bear by ones own doing greatness is found in the acceptance of the actions responsibility taken and forgiveness bestowed upon those wronged and upon the self With this in mind look to Othello and Oedipus Rex where greatness is found in the last moments regardless of the life led Both were great men in their respective stories and for generations that followed their conception Both men rose to unimaginable heights through their suffering endurance fortitude and strength of character Both men fell to ruin through entirely different channels to where they were brought to account for their actions Othello was felled when his strength of character left him he relied upon another as one would use a crutch to support themselves Oedipus was reduced to a blind homeless beggar through a prophecy that was foretold before he had drawn breath into his own lungs Both men were still great however because they suffered from the human condition but inspired others to live Keep up your bright swords for the dew will rust them Good signor you shall more command with
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