Pablo Escobar: Hero Or Villain?

Pablo Escobar: Hero Or Villain?

Will his good intentions outweigh his actions?

Pablo Escobar has been one of the most if not the most notorious and controversial drug dealers. For the lower classes he was seen as somewhat of a hero, the robin hood of his time, yet others saw him for his negative actions only, perceiving him as a malicious drug dealer with selfish interests. But was he really as terrible as he was perceived? Or did he actually have good intentions, pioneering a new Colombian dream, giving the lower classes hope that they too could someday achieve such success.

The Good and The Bad

Initially, Pablo Escobar began his drug business because he was in necessity. Poverty leads multiple Colombians and other individuals in underprivileged countries to doing. This is a way for individuals to be able to climb the economical ladder to feed their families and themselves. Hence, this was his situation. Ultimately, his intentions in the course of his career was to give back to the economically unstable because he knew what that was. Hence, with good intentions he attempted to in a way save his fellow citizens from the same situations and circumstances he experienced in his youth and part of his life.

However, ultimately he became power-hungry and began abusing his power as many others do. He gave into extreme violence, committing countless murders and horrendous acts against innocent people, contradicting his word with his actions.


Pablo Escobar is definitely not the inherently malicious individual everyone or most of society has perceived him to be. He has good intentions in the beginning attempting to be a modern day robin hood. He also inspired the Colombian people by making them feel like they could also do the same. By seeing Pablo in a way succeed and give back they saw how they could too one day get out of poverty, something that before him might not have seemed possible. He also again gave back to those who were in the same situation he was once in because he was able to empathize with his fellow citizens. He was able to relate to how terrible necessity truly is and he wanted to avoid or alleviate that as much as he could. Hence, that part of him was heroic in that aspect, yet as he became more and more involved he became more corrupt and more tinted. Such as this article claims, he did have a "modest upbringing" which again led for him to understand the less fortunate, but he did become power hungry.

He began betraying his own actions when he became so indulged in revenge and power that he felt the need to strike back in extreme ways such as murders who killed numerous innocent people.

Ultimately this goes to show that just because you get into something with good intentions doesn’t mean you won’t be influenced by the actual fundamental nature of whatever you’re doing whether it be a dirty business with good intentions the nature of the actions will influence your judgement.

Hence, Pablo Escobar may not have been a malignant person in the beginning but his selfishness, his power hunger, and his obsession with succeeding disregarding the consequences made him acquire the reputation he now has.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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