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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: The Double-Edged Sword
By becca rooks
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What are you running from? Where are you running to? Do you even know?
When panic traps you within its malignant grasp, an opportunity of choice arises. An opportunity to decide how you are going to cope. You can flee from whatever has you locked in a spirit of fear, remaining in a self-made cage of independent irrationality. Yes, that’s one choice. Or, and personally, I find this one much more enticing, you can rush headlong with joy and relief into a safe haven filled with help and hope.
“What kind of safe haven could you mean?” you might ask. Well, before I share with you the only true one I know of, let’s first take a look at a universally accepted facade disguised and latched onto as a logical action of safety.
It’s all a question of “from, or to.” Escape in and of itself is neither harmful, nor beneficial. It is just a word representing a concept that can be used to describe various courses of action. For instance, blind, unreasoning panic seems to me to be one of the most prevalent methods utilized in society today. Someone’s chasing you? Run like there’s no tomorrow. Which, in some cases, might not be such a bad idea; otherwise there really might not be a tomorrow. But, there are quite a few factors in which to consider before completely adopting such an approach. These could include, but are not limited to— the speed of the attacker, what kind of weaponry they may posses, how long will either of you be able to continue the chase, and so forth. These considerations could turn out to be extremely vital in the determination of a successful escape, or not. Think about it—in movies of the “cloak-and-dagger” variety, which characters most often survive their circumstance? Those fleeing in pure, unadulterated terror, or those with a plan and destination in mind? From my experience of film connoisseurship, I have noticed that those who scream and flail around without thought tend to reach an early demise.
Now, I want you to imagine—you’re not alone. There is Someone directly to your right, and slightly up ahead, keeping pace easily with you in your plight. He’s looking back, left arm extended with a promise of help, watching; waiting to see what path of the fork in the road you are going to take. He is just itching to become your Personal, Powerful, Rear-Guard. Wanting to Protect and Cherish you, defeating all your enemies for you. He is ready to take all mind-boggling factors into consideration in your place. Leaving your frightened and confused mind but one issue to contemplate. A choice—from, or to? I know what I will decide. Which form of escape do you wish to pursue?
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