America is especially sensitive to war weariness, and nothing brings backlash like the perception of defeat. I say ôperceptionö because America is a very all-or-nothing societyà We like to know, and for everyone else to know, that our victory wasnÆt uncontested, it was positively devastating.
Americans worship technology. It's an inherent trait in the national zeitgeist.
They were viewed very much like castles, I suppose: as crumbling, obsolete relics, with no real modern function other than as tourist attractions. But when the skies darkened and the nation called, both reawoke to the meaning of their existence. One shielded our bodies, the other, our souls.
Gu was a worrier, a neurotic curmudgeon. If he had a headache, it was a brain tumor; if it looked like rain, this year's harvest was ruined. This was his way of controlling the situation, his lifelong strategy for always coming out ahead. Now, when reality looked more dire than any of his fatalisitic predictions, he had no choice but to turn tail and charge in the opposite direction.
We relinquished our freedom that day, and we were more than happy to see it go. From that moment on we lived in true freedom, the freedom to point to someone else and say ôThey told me to do it! ItÆs their fault, not mine.ö The freedom, God help us, to say ôI was only following orders.ö-World War Z
I think that most people would rather face the light of a real enemy than the darkness of their imagined fears.
If your Soviet neighbor is trying to set fire to your house, you can't be worrying about the Arab down the block. If suddenly it's the Arab in your backyard , you can't be worrying about the People's Republic of China and if one day the ChiComs show up at your front door with an eviction notice in one hand and a Molotov cocktail in the other, then the last thing you're going do is look over his shoulder for a walking corpse.
When I believe in my ability to do something, there is no such word as no.
Imagine what could be accomplished if only the human race would shed its humanity.
Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.
Marty chose, instead, to show the other side, the one that gets people out of bed the next morning, makes them scratch and scrape and fight for their lives because someone is telling them that they're going to be okay. There's a word for that kind of lie. Hope.
Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has. That's not stupidity or weakness, that's just human nature.
The monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts
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