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Saturday
Sep102011

The Heart and the Fist 


I recently finished the book, The Heart and the Fist, by Eric Greitens. If there's anyone on the planet I've ever read about who makes me feel incredibly lazy and inspired at the same time, its Greitens. He's a Rhodes and Truman scholar, boxer, has a master's and PhD from Oxford, has worked as a humanitarian in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia, and on top of all that, facing prospects of six-figure salaries or a privileged life in the halls of academia at one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, Greitens chose to become a Navy Seal. Why? Because he saw firsthand the limits of humanitarian aid when it meets horrible atrocities and the unrelenting evils of dictatorship.

This is the story of how he decided that sometimes it IS right to apply force to fix moral wrongs on this planet, and that it is imperative that good people are inspired to make the toughest of moral decisions.

As he says, "Warriors are warriors not because of their strength, but because of their ability to apply strength to good purpose."

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