Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020)

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K          “Two different individuals, two different personalities, two different weltanschauungs, two different backgrounds, two different conversations at two different times and in two different places.  Same analysis and same conclusion.  In separate conversations, they came to the revised conclusion I reached a few years ago.”

J          “And the two of us agree at this time and in this place.  The mind focuses while the body fails.  Should we call ourselves the intrepid ‘Walker Brigade’ rolling to the rescue.”

. . .

K          “Either you fight or you flee.  He said that as much as he admires the drive, desire and discipline of the ‘preppers’ and the ‘back to the landers’ who leave society, it is still at core fleeing if not surrendering.  The community is left with one less defender.”

J          “Do we want to continue standing for it?  Is it time to take a stand?  Has it been time to take a stand for some time?  Even if we cannot stand.  For some time.”

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[See the e-commentary at “On Revolution (March 15, 2010)” andThe Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking:  What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?  Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?  …  The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!  If … if … We didn’t love freedom enough.  And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation … We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”  Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 – 1956

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