A lesson in “selective aggression”

This story surprised me.   It’s about a fellow, James Holzhauer, who has been winning a lot of money in a streak on “Jeopardy!”.

The Paul Batura’s Fox News story starts:

‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer’s secret to success is a blueprint for winning at life

The writer talks about how Holzhauer, a pro-gambler – hmmm – has made tactically aggressive moves on the show, with success.  But then he throws a curve and brings in the rest of the show-winner’s life, how he and his wife have adopted children.

This is where the story takes a strong pro-life direction.  The article concludes with a quote from C.S. Lewis.

Selective aggression.

Prudence is the virtue that governs the other cardinal virtues.  Prudence is the habitual discernment of the best course of action, the true good, in a given situation and the proper means of achieving goals.  Temperance concerns self-control.  Justice involves giving others what is their due.  Courage is the habit by which we face uncertain situations.


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  1. John Grammaticus says:

    Sounds like Tywin Lannister to the core.

    “And who are you the proud Lord said, that I should bow so low, only a cat in a different coat, the only truth I know”… The Reynes of Castamere

    Seriously though it works, Teddy Roosevelt said that one should talk (and walk) softly whilst carrying a big stick. In my own life talking softly whilst wearing ‘power clothing’ (I’m 6ft and broad in the shoulder) works wonders.

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