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Brutus Was More Rad Than Caesar

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves” says George Clooney with a smirk in Intolerable Cruelty (2003) (a lesser known Coen brothers film).

You never hear George Clooney recite Chaucer:

He was an easy man in penance-giving Where he coul dhope to make a decent living

Shakespeare, on the other hand, influences us every day. Harold Bloom claims all writers after Shakespeare live in a constant anxiety of his influence.

I imagine T.S. Eliot reading in Julius Caesar:

I have seen tempests when the scolding winds Have riv'd the knotty oaks, and I have seen Th' ambitious ocean swell, and rage, and foam

And then I imagine him writing his famous Prufrock:

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker

I decided to read Julius Caesar to escape my own anxiety with doing a startup. The written play comes to life more vividly than Avatar in blu-ray.

I admire Brutus more than Caesar. As Mark Antony remarks after Brutus’ death,

He was the noblest Roman of them all: [...] His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, This was a man!

Furthermore, when Cassius threatens him, Brutus replies:

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats; For I am arm'd so strong in honesty That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not. [...]

Instead of backing down, Brutus raises all-in, and Cassius folds. Baller.

My favorite quote (Brutus’ objection to Caesar’s ambition) rings so similar to the Occupy Wall Street Message:

Th' abuse of greatness is when it disjoins Remorse from power

Here’s a good quote to end on from our dear Brutus when Cassius tries to convince him to kill Caesar:

I love the name of honor more than I fear death.


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