The Motivation of Death

In his commencement address to Stanford University, Steve Jobs discusses his own response in the face of death and its impact on his motivation to live a meaningful life. Jobs argues that “Death is very likely the single best invention of life.” Here, he touches on a claim pertinent to Christian life: in creating death,… Continue reading The Motivation of Death

“Were I the Moor” Part 2

Continued from “Were I the Moor” Part 1 Recognizing the relationship between Othello and Iago as that of a General and Ensign is crucial to understanding their relationship as one of a protagonist and his ego. Although it is Iago who gains control over Othello, the general Othello is the “master” of Iago the ensign. Othello holds a superior position to Iago; hence he should… Continue reading “Were I the Moor” Part 2

“Were I The Moor” Part 1

Iago as a Manifestation of Othello’s Ego Scholars of Othello too often categorize the villain, Iago, as a mere sociopath. While this diagnosis is psychologically valid, it confines Iago to a trope that limits the emblematic potential of his character. Many attempt to get inside Othello’s head in order to see the loyal Iago he… Continue reading “Were I The Moor” Part 1

Quest for Personal Legend

Tim Keller defines an adventure as “there and back again.” In The Hobbit, Bilbo left the Shire on a journey, and in the end returned to the serenity of his Hobbit hole. This is an adventure; one goes on an expedition and then returns home safe and sound. A quest, on the other hand, comes… Continue reading Quest for Personal Legend

Reading for the Love of God

“The mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth” —Plutarch Higher education involves a myriad of different types of people working together to further their intelligence. This includes everyone from physical education majors to engineering majors,… Continue reading Reading for the Love of God