Michael J. Kerrigan

Epictetus

 

The following quote from Epictetus, Enchiridion show us the theme of acceptance and when one has a belief in a higher power, then there is no such thing as an event going contrary to plan…Thy Will be done.

Lead on God and Destiny

To that God fixed for me long ago

I will follow and not stumble; even if my will

is weak I will soldier on.

I am trying to keep this maxim in mind when balancing the definition of insanity  (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results) versus the virtue of perseverance. Notwithstanding, my efforts and the results of my latest book (Restoring Character in America,) I am learning to accept this event was willed to happen.

 

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Maj. Thomas A. Jarrett | U.S. Army Public Health Command excellent article which follows, nicely connects to many in the PTG movement, not the least of whom are my friends: Alvin Townley, (author of Defiant), Taylor Baldwin, Peter Fretwell (co-authors of Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton) and the guy who coined the term PTG… Rich Tedeschi.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — How often do we hear that yet another soldier, colleague or family has been traumatized by an event? Learning that someone survived a crisis may cause us to look at him or her differently, imagining that they might now be damaged permanently by such events.

We see little if any benefit to loss, struggle or suffering, and quickly label those who suffer “victims.” Why do so many hold this viewpoint?

Professionals have become very skilled in diagnosing, treating, and sometimes even preventing mental disorders; however, focus on disease and… Continue reading

The publication of Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton was over due but fortunately timely for today’s readers who have forgotten anything noble about our Viet Nam Veterans. The co-authors, Peter Fretwell and taylor Baldwin did a splendid job of providing us lessons of growth over trauma but more importantly reminded us of the sacrifices our PW’s made; sacrifices so many Americans had forgotten. Taylor Baldwin herself has had a sterling military career and it is fitting that she has carried on her family legacy in the Navy by co-authoring such an important book.

Hopefully, this book will get into the hands of our youth who will be reminded of the importance of studying the ancients, especially, Stoics like Epictetus and our Roman pal Marcus Aurelius.

Finally, the stories of the Viet Nam PWs demonstrate not all Viet Nam Veterans, became victims. Rather, so many… some how, after great suffering, sacrifices… Continue reading

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