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 Posted: Sat Mar 22nd, 2008 03:24 pm
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Ole-

  At West Point, cadets faced a very severe academic challenge. Some had little education before they arrived there. (Thomas Jackson was one. Yet he not only survived, but  improved his standing every year, graduating in the top 1/3 of his class).

  Those who made it through received what might well have been the premier education in engineering and math available in the country at that time. When they came out the other end, they expected to succeed, and probably already had a feeling of superiority. People who feel superior are usually more determined, and thus, more stubborn, than others. West Pointers built much of the infrastructure of a growing nation.

  My question to you is- did they succeed because they were already "stubborn SOBs," or did the West Point experience mold them and make them so? Was it cause or effect? Was it nature or nurture? Was it genetics or the necessity of adapting to the environment?

  My feeling is that both elements played a part. Of course, there were individual differences in ability and temperament. But you can't discount the West Point experience factor. It transformed many young lads into confident, stubborn SOBs.

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