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Nos Moritamus…Te Salutamus

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21.09.2021

How does one face fear? Do you overcome your fears when you get on an elevator? Elevators get stuck. Until a technician arrives, until the Fire Department arrives and frees you from your steel enclosure, what thoughts run through your head?

How does one face fear? You stand atop the ten meter high diving platform, petrified. The knowledge that many, many others have jumped off, dived off, and miraculously lived, really doesn’t help you until…you do it.

How does one face fear? You bury your face into the soft soil, loosened by the incoming artillery shells screaming as they explode all around you. Perhaps this one, the one you won’t hear, will tear you apart, until none of the shells have. This time.

How does one face fear? Sure, you are trained and you are capable. You have done manoeuvers and patrols. You entered rooms after tossing grenades into them. You fired off mortars and machine guns and slept in mud and marched for kilometers and kilometers, your shoulders bleeding from the grinding of the stretcher you carried. But no one was shooting at you and wishing you were dead.

How does one face fear? You know, and you have known for many years now, that really, no one gets out of this life alive. We all die, at some point, don’t we? No one lives........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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