Reflections of an Uncommon Man
Admiral Stockdale, the Gulf Disaster and Stoicism
Frank McLynn's book Marcus Aurelius mentions Admiral James Stockdale several times, discussing the role of Stoicism in Aurelius' career and as the ideal philosophy for the soldier. McLynn isn't enamored by Stoicism, but certainly he's right in that it fits. Mind over matter, kid - you don't mind, it don't matter! Admiral James Stockdale was a Navy Pilot, commanding the Air Wing on the USS Oriskany and on September 9, 1965 he had a really bad day, flying his F4 into a mass of flak at tree top level and at 500 knots.
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