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Resilience

On Phronesis
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Halcyon In Kal… 20 April 2016

Aristotle coined the term "phronesis", meaning practical intelligence. It's the kind of wisdom that emerges from the long training of mind, body, character and engagement with a tradition.

This chimes perhaps with Malcolm Gladwell's assertion that acquiring true expertise in a discipline requires an average of 10,000 hours of practice.

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You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one - Henry David Thoreau

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Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right - Henry Ford

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We do not err because Truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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There are no traffic jams along the extra mile - Roger Staubach

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Then comes the conflict of our lesser man with our greater man, of our wishes with our will, of the desire for things affecting our sense with the purpose that is within our heart. Then we begin to distinguish between what we immediately desire and what is good. For good is that which is desirable for our greater self. Thus, the sense of goodness comes out of a truer view of our life, which is connected view of the wholeness of the field of life, and which takes into account not only what is present before us but what is not, and perhaps never humanly can be - Rabindranath Tagore, in Sadhana