“The Stockdale Paradox”

Long-term human optimism in the face of short-term reality

An interesting bit on the late Admiral Jim Stockdale, Vietnam prisoner of war.

Asked: "Who didn’t make it out?"

"The optimists. They were the ones who said we’re going to be out by
Christmas. And, Christmas would come and Christmas would go. Then
they’d say, We’re going to be out by Easter. And Easter would come, and
Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas
again. Then they died of a broken heart.

"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end –
which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

Words to live and trade by, I think.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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