East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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Live to fight another day

I was thinking about running away, today.
Not specifically, but as an idea in itself.
Bear with me while I explain: I did a post on my Italian blog about what I would do were I a kid of 17 getting ready to end his high-school.
In a word: I’d forget about school grades as our school system’s disqualified. I’d look for an online certification in the subject I’d love to be my career, and then I’ll leave the country and pursue an education abroad. I closed my post observing that there is no dishonour in retreat if we retreat to save our life and our loved ones’.


My suggestions have been called defeatist – it is better to hold our ground against impossible odds and be blasted to hell, I was told, than run and fight another day.
Which of course sounds impressive on paper, looks great on film, but in real life is suicidal. Continue reading