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08 January 2013 @ 04:57 pm
a subtle aversion to... what, exactly?  
What makes humans want to flee under duress? I've never understood that. Or maybe I do, somewhere deep down, and I just don't want to admit it. As long as the conflict doesn't threaten the health and safety of the persons involved, isn't it easier to just buck up and take it? To persevere? To endure?

Or maybe endurance and perseverance is just another way to say you're taking a coward's way out...?
 
 
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Rainabunnynumber13 on January 9th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
I think it's a protective instinct. We have long legs, which are made for running, and running fast, and they're our best source of protection: the whole flight-or-fight reflex thing at work. I wouldn't say that enduring is the coward's way out. I see it as just another step to adapting and overcoming a surmountable obstecale. Humans are awesome for being able to do that. It's why I think some species go extinct when they fail to endure, when they fail to adapt while others live on and evolve to the next stage of their evolution because they were willing to endure and persevere in the presence of adversity.

So the choice to flee or not to flee is a survival choice, I think, after all, if you stick around and deal with danger that you can't handle, you're not going to be around to mother the next generation. And if you stick around for challenges you should have been able to handle but couldn't? Well, survival of the fittest wasn't coined on a whim you know. ;)
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