SIE

SIE is, I believe, an American Air Force-unique acronym. SIE = self-initiated elimination. SIE may mean the individual’s performance is purposely not up to expectation, in other words, they intended to fail, compelling someone to relieve them of their obligation. SIE also references an individual’s deliberate request to be removed from training or a mission….

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“East of Eden”

Lee, the Chinese immigrant housekeeper, the novel’s main theme: timshel—“thou mayest”—the Hebrew belief in our power to choose between good and bad. “We’re a violent people, Cal…Maybe it’s true, that we are all descendants of the restless, the nervous, the criminals, the arguers, and brawlers. But also the brave, and independent, and generous….We all have…

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A List of the Passions

A LIST OF THE PASSIONS by Saint Peter of Damaskos The passions are: harshness, trickery, malice, perversity, mindlessness, licentiousness, enticement, dullness, lack of understanding, idleness, sluggishness, stupidity, flattery, silliness, idiocy, madness, derangement, coarseness, rashness, cowardice, lethargy, dearth of good actions, moral errors, greed, over-frugality, ignorance, folly, spurious knowledge, forgetfulness, lack of discrimination, obduracy, injustice, evil…

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