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Date Posted: Monday, January 30, 07:59:54pm
Author: Nell
Subject: It is an interesting question, isn't it?
In reply to: ~delle 's message, "Re: A hero [Warning! very long]" on Monday, January 30, 06:43:37pm

I'm still not sure I quite got at what I intended in the adultery thread, which wasn't so much a question of 'adultery' as a legal issue - which is obviously null in all of their cases, one way or another, but more an issue of the value of personal fidelty - Section consciously creates itself as an environment in which it is impossible to honor your own promises, or expect anyone else to honor theirs.

I don't condemn any of our section inmates for this, but it more made me wonder (more? again?) about what kind of environment they exist in.

So, if you are not guilty of infidelity and bear no real personal resposibility with regard to it, because you act under compulsion, can you be responsible for positive things either?

Is it possible for anyone in section to truly perform a heroic deed, which they act only under duress most of the time?

I think it is, but then, I also think that each of the operatives we got to know well all found ways to maintain a sphere of, if you will, private action - and in that private action I think they all did, in their own way, struggle to be faithful to those things they valued. Sexual fidelty to a dead/inaccesible/mission spouse might not be something they valued, of course, and for good reasons, but they all did value other things - and were prepared to go to pretty extreme lengths to be able to maintain that space for independent action.

So - in that same space, I think they could, and sometimes did, manage to reach toward heroism - if, nonetheless, they often failed to achieve it.


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