My reference was to an American document perhaps unfamiliar to Europeans (I doubt it).
Yes, I did recognize it immediately. I just wasn't sure how much of an idiom it was in American English, so I asked for clarification. BTW it's amazing how one-directional the cultural transfer between America nad the rest of the world is. That is we know a lot about your culture (true, sometimes the image we get through news, movies, songs and books may be simplistic), while most Americans know hardly anything about the exotic rest of the world unless they make a special effort to get exposed to this sort of information.For instance, I recognized the phrase immediately, because, I've seen at least 3 US made movies about the times when the Declaration of Independence was accepted.
People have an array of choices in how to deal with blows struck by unimaginably punishing fates. To the extent those choices enable them to transcend, it is a triumph of the mind over the fate itself. To the extent they fall into self-pity, depression and a downward spiral; their mind fails to uplift and ennoble them.
A lot of people like to refer to this capacity of controlling emotions as "emotional intelligence" to avoid confusion. TO say "the mind uplifts them" is a bit to general for me too. Once you make a distinction between the different sort of intelligence, we know that just because a certain person doesn't control his or her emotional reactions to a certain type of problems doesn't mean that they lack brainpower. They may just be "differently abled" (Ironic, I know).
Musicians are differently abled, but they're not versatile or super-intelligent
Painters are differently abled, they're not versatile or super-intelligent
Mathematicians are differently abled, they're not versatile or super-intelligent
Linguists are differently abled, they're not versatile or super-intelligent
Sportsmen are differently abled, they're not versatile or super-intelligent (I don't mean the physical power of one's muscles, but rather the ability to control the body)
And, people who are emotionally intelligent are just differently abled. It has little to do with the traditional notion of intelligence. In fact, you surely know a lot of people who aren't the sharpests knives in the drawer, but when in a stressful situation, they are the sweetest, bestemotional geniuses. Conversly, you may know ingenous philosophers, scientists, or logicians who are emotional blockheads. They overreact, suffer from delusions of grandeur and are emotionally cruel to other people.
I personally know people who I don't think quite as smart as myself, but I must admit, they prove much more of emotional geniuses in certain situations than I could.