Fight, Flight or Surrender
By: Tom Chatham
When you are confronted with a hostile or dangerous situation, you have three choices. The type of person you are will determine which option you choose. Your response to a crisis is largely determined by how you have lived your life. The influence of family, peers, environment and knowledge will combine to provide you with a unique perspective to react to the situation. How you process all of these inputs will evolve into a belief system for your surroundings. This is why many people react to situations in many different ways.
These inputs will create the comfort zone you are capable of living in. The larger your comfort zone, the more capable you are to respond to a crisis. This comfort zone also determines what your response is to certain dangers. It may be natural for most people to choose flight when they find themselves in a burning building but when these same people are confronted with an armed burglar coming into their home the response will be varied.
When this complicated belief system is used, you must decide the proper response and react. You must decide if the potential loss is worth the potential gain in any action you take. This will determine what form your response takes.
When you apply this to the current situation in America where government tyranny is growing you have three choices to deal with the threat.
Those that surrender are those that are willing to go along to get along. This may work out for a while until these people become a liability to the government and then they are eliminated. Those that surrender are usually willing to sell out their neighbors for the prospect of saving themselves and prolonging any hardship.
Those that take to flight are those that are not willing to stand for their beliefs if they in fact have any and want to take the easy way out. The problem with flight is that the problems you are leaving behind may someday find you again. This is true if we are in fact facing a new world order that seeks to control everybody and everything. The ability to leave the current environment to find safety has a definite expiration date when escape is possible. There are many that have prospered in the American system and now feel compelled to flee in order to protect what they have earned. They may feel they owe America nothing or they may be repositioning themselves to help from outside the nation when the time comes. Only time will tell what their true intentions are.
Those that are prone to flight to escape hardship have a tendency to be people that want a lot out of life but do not want to endure any suffering. They want all of the rewards without the cost. Their mentality is such that self preservation at all costs is more important than their beliefs. This is not the same as someone who merely repositions themselves to better their defensive position to fight perceived danger.
Those that are determined to fight are those that have deep beliefs and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend what they believe. These types typically have a large comfort zone and are willing to take many chances to achieve their goals. While some flight may be necessary at times they will always be ready to reenter the fight when they determine it is advantageous. When the decision to fight is reached it is because some type of tipping point is reached where they are not willing to make any more concessions to their belief system.
In the situation Americans now find themselves in, they must now ask, what are they willing to fight for and what is their tipping point. If they choose flight then that window is rapidly closing. For those willing to go along to get along they must decide what they are willing to betray to get by. For those that choose to fight when the time comes they must determine what form the fighting will take and arm themselves accordingly while they can. Now is the time to determine what your comfort zone is and if it should be expanded. Now is the time to determine what you will do and when you will do it. Now is the time to determine what you stand for.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor timid spirits that know neither victory nor defeat.