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To the ancient, traditional mindset, bravely holding your post while the world collapses around you is seen as noble while using your position to transform the system is seen as subversive. To subvert the system they serve is 'treasonous' and undercuts their own authority. The emergence of a new consensus, if it happens, is the only thing that could vindicate their actions.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 11:05:30 AM EST
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