You control you!

Few days ago, I posted You are not stuck! Pretty good post, if you missed it.

Here’s a good follow-up/Part 2.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

3 thoughts on “You control you!

  1. Great videos and input, Stan.

    I was lucky 2 of my LTs I had the pleasure of working with were both Philosophy majors (they were engineers too, both Naval Academy bubbas, one mustang).

    From one, I got a solid background on Stoicism by way of talks and all the readings during those talks and after, as I plowed through in the Marines and after.

    When I deployed a 2nd time, with another LT we spoke much about Stoicism, even other Greek works, so he prescribed Spinoza’s

    1). “Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect” (unfinished: )

    2). and his “Ethics”–and that was it, I was hooked, everything I did during and after the military revolved around those two works.

    These LTs, when everyone was running around calling people, Jawas or Hadjis, pushed for their Marines to read, especially “The Grand Inquisitor” inside “the Brothers Karamazov”, so apt for GWOT.

    And all these readings inoculated us from simple dichotomies of thought, now so prevalent.


    1. Oh yeah, the first book, you can pretty much read and re-read online with the link provided, but for the “Ethics” you’ll need to buy the Penguins Classic paperback,

      as you will be flipping thru it and back and forth, and be reading it at least a year–I’m on my 3rd copy now, having given away 2 well worn copies to perfect strangers I’ve had discussions with at the airport over the years.

      There’s a bunch of companion books to help readers navigate thru “Ethics”, but I suggest reading it by yourself on your first go, then maybe looking into these companions:

      1. “Behind the Geometrical Method” by Edwin Curley

      2. “A Study of Spinoza’s Ethics” by Jonathan Bennett

      3. lastly the most accessible, not so academic: “Spinoza’s Book of Life” by Steven Smith


      1. Awesome feedback, LCpl_X! I’ll add these to my reading list.

        And I used to sooo look at things simply, and now I over-analyze and think about everything!

        It’s like I went from certainty and knowing everything as an NCO, to knowing nothing and thinking deeply on all manner of topics as a post-college grad businessman/writer! lol


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