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The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens

«La pace non è solo assenza di guerra, e una buona vita non significa solo assenza di sofferenza. Una buona pace, una pace in cui le comunità possano svilupparsi, può essere costruita solo quando chiediamo a noi stessi e agli altri di essere un po più che buoni, un po meglio che forti. E una buona vita, una vita in cui si può godere il mondo e vivere con uno scopo, la si può costruire solo se non ci limitiamo a vivere per noi stessi.» Il cuore e il pugno racconta il percorso di formazione di un uomo con un passato di combattente, Eric Greitens, oggi impegnato in politica come governatore del Missouri, che ha cercato di dare un senso alla propria esistenza a partire da questi princìpi.

Una volta resosi conto che la comoda vita dello studente universitario gli andava stretta, Eric decide di girare il mondo in cerca di avventure, ma ben presto, dopo una deludente esperienza di insegnante in Cina, che nel 1993 presentava ancora tratti terribilmente simili a quella della strage di piazza Tienanmen, capisce che non è di questo che ha bisogno, ma di una strada da seguire. E così inizia a prestare servizio volontario in prima linea su diversi fronti umanitari: nei campi profughi in una Bosnia insanguinata dalle campagne di pulizia etnica, a fianco degli orfani dello spaventoso genocidio in Ruanda e dei bambini di strada in Bolivia, e infine in India a sostegno della missione di Madre Teresa.

Ma più accumula esperienze, più si rende conto di una verità per lui incontrovertibile: di fronte a una minaccia concreta, luso della forza diventa una necessità. Decide allora di intraprendere la carriera militare sottoponendosi al terribile addestramento dei Navy SEAL, il corpo délite della Marina statunitense, che poi guiderà in molteplici missioni tra Afghanistan, Sudest asiatico, Kenya e Iraq, fra attacchi brutali e indicibili sofferenze, incontri strazianti, ma anche mirabili esempi di spirito di gruppo, solidarietà e fratellanza.

È al termine e al prezzo di questo lungo e accidentato itinerario, dice Greitens, che il segreto di una «buona vita» gli si è rivelato nella sua paradossale semplicità, cioè quando ha finalmente capito che la compassione - il cuore - senza la forza vacilla, e che la forza - il pugno - senza la compassione è solo un colpo vibrato nel vuoto.

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The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

Cancel anytime. You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help.

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Cancel anytime. You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. The result is a lesson for us all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone. More autobiography than SEAL documentary, this book exposes the reader to an excellent person—humanitarian, intellectual, and athlete—in demanding situations. Though the style is a bit simple and some of the details superfluous, it communicates with crystalline clarity.

MP3 Audio Sample play pause Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The answer for Eric Greitens is "both," as evidenced by this moving memoir. Full Synopsis Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. The result is a lesson for us all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone.

Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong.

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