In a book I read recently, one of those kids-take-on-evil-corporation stories, I found something that really irked me: once the going got t...

Thoughtful Thursdays: A Little Lecture About Love

In a book I read recently, one of those kids-take-on-evil-corporation stories, I found something that really irked me: once the going got tough, several of the kids bailed. Now since I’ve never been in a situation like that, I can’t say for absolute certain that I wouldn’t do the same. But in the comfort of my bedroom with a cup of coffee in my hand, bailing seemed pretty wrong, and I thought the ones who didn’t bail were remarkably forgiving about it. They practically sent the quitters off with well-wishes, and the leader of the group even told one girl not to regret her decision.

I’d’ve said something more along the lines of, “I hope your guilt eats you alive.” Or possibly, “May the karma of our enemy’s crimes infest your life a hundredfold.”

Seriously, though. I’d’ve felt so bitter and betrayed, especially since, not only did they quit, they pretty much went home to “live their lives for as long as they could.” As long as they could meaning until the big bad corporation came and got them. Basically, they decided to lay down and take it. That there was no reason to fight anymore because the baddies were gonna win anyway. They saw an out and they took it, abandoning their friends when they wouldn’t come too.

Now granted, these kids had been through Hades and back. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but they’d had some rough times for sure. Still, while I understood their decision, it felt so wrong to me to just peace out on your friends like that. In my opinion, you stick it out with your family and friends no matter what. Live together, die together. You don’t just leave the people you care about, even if you think resistance is futile. You stick by them for them, if for no other reason than to keep them safe and give them support. You’re there for them because you love them, because that’s what love does. What love is.

And if you just peace out like that, well then, I gotta question how much you loved in the first place.

Well, there’s my little rant because I couldn’t think of anything else to post this week. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree? Disagree? Either way, I’d love to hear your opinions and your reasoning behind them.

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  1. Amen! Win or loose, friends stick together!!!

  2. What book was this?
    I think it's probably realistic that some people would bail, especially if they believe there's no hope of winning. Honestly, if I was the leader, I'd let them go. Better they go at the right time than leave in the middle of combat.

    1. Oh, I agree there. But just because it's realistic doesn't mean it's right. And I wouldn't stop them from leaving, either. I'd just give them dirty looks on their way out the door.
      Don't wanna give spoilers for anybody, so if you don't wanna know the title of the book, don't read on:

      Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere.

    2. I actually had a hunch that's what it was. I've only read the first one of that series, but thought something like that might happen later on. That and the "big bad corporation" gave it away.

      Not planning to read the rest of the series though, so no worries about spoilers!

    3. It actually is a pretty interesting series. There are a couple of things I didn't like, and the first book started out rather boring in my opinion, but it's really picked up.


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