Shakespeare on Power, Arrogance and the Arrogance of Power

poud man dressed in a little brief authority“… man, proud man,
Dressed in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep.”

(Measure For Measure act 2, sc. 2)

Tips for Use. Include the lines in a resignation email when you no longer scan stand your idiotic and arrogant boss. Very likely all of us will recall instances of proud men, or rather men very full of themselves, and dressed in a little brief authority, using it against all reason, while being ignorant of what they are most assured. Ignorance that, in turn causes them to play such incredible and fantastic tricks as to make not only the angels weep but thousands or millions of mortals. Millions? Examples are countless. Just to quote one,Who can forget that politicians whose vey name inspires loathsomeness were so ignorant of what they were most assured as to destroy the country of Iraq on the basis of a colossal lie – and causing the death of over one million people. To which pretended ignorance should be added the fantastic trick of wanting to persuade the masses that the same politicians did not know it was a lie.
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In the Play.  The virtuous Isabella comments on the arrogance, hypocrisy and double standards of Angelo, the temporary ruler of Vienna.

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