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Trigger

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History keeps teaching us that we can’t recognize the important events that are going to trigger changes.   David Weinberger

David Weinberger (born 1950) is an American technologist, professional speaker, and commentator, probably best known as co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto (originally a website, and eventually a book, which has been described as “a primer on Internet marketing”).  Weinberger’s work focuses on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, knowledge and society.

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Events

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Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them.   Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

Epictetus (A.D. c. 55 – 135) was a Greek speaking Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in north-western Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses.

Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

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Affected

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Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them. Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

Just had to use this from the Wikipedia entry about our slave/philospher and his affect on the world:

220px-US_NaMedal_of_Honor_awarded_to_Rear_Admiral_James_B._Stockdale Prisoner of war James Stockdale received the Medal of Honor from American president Gerald Ford; Stockdale was able to retain his sanity during capture by relying on the philosophy of Epictetus

The philosophy of Epictetus is well known in the American military through the writings and example of James Stockdale, an American fighter pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam, became a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, and later a vice presidential candidate. In Courage under Fire: Testing Epictetus’s Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior (1993), Stockdale credits Epictetus with helping him endure seven and a half years in a North Vietnamese military prison—including torture—and four years in solitary confinement.

In his conclusion, Stockdale quoted Epictetus as saying, “The emotions of grief, pity, and even affection are well-known disturbers of the soul. Grief is the most offensive; Epictetus considered the suffering of grief an act of evil. It is a willful act, going against the will of God to have all men share happiness”.