MC Corner #3

I realised that perhaps people are subscribing to this less for knowing what I am up to and more for the other parts; so from this week, I am dropping the ‘Actions’ part of the newsletter. The ‘Reading recommendations’ and ‘Food for Thought’ sections will continue.

Reading recommendations

Something I read recently, which I think you may like…

Not a long book this time, but an essay: Courage Under Fire by James Stockdale. Can philosophy really make a difference in life? Apparently, it can: at least if you happen to be held prisoner of war for eight years. The essay is also an exemplification of what Viktor Frankl was perhaps hinting at (see the quotation in the ‘Food for Thought’ section).

Food for Thought

Something short, but worth pondering over…

This week’s quotations are a bit diverse: no unifying theme as such!

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“… it did not cross his mind that he might be better as a practitioner or sitting as a judge. He had no desire to concoct arguments that might serve the needs of the hour or of some particular client… With this unclouded perception of his role, Peter did not suffer from the kind of inferiority complex that, at one time, crippled academic lawyers… Let practitioners practise and judges judge; academics had their own job to do…”

  • Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (in a memorial address for Peter Birks, reproduced in Mapping the Law)

“… scepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Skepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive….”