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gabriel conroy

Gabriel Conroy [pseudonym] is an ex-graduate student. He is happily married with no children and has about a million nieces and nephews. The views expressed by Gabriel are his alone and do not necessarily reflect those of his spouse or employer.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    During my time with the state legislature, we had real evacuations on a fairly regular basis — whenever the State Police felt the call about a bomb in the Legislative Services Building was credible. The person assigned to cover the front desk in each suite of offices was the designated sweeper who checked each room. There were also practice drills. It was a rare month that the alarms didn’t go off at least once. I was glad my children were grown by then. What do you say when your little kid asks about your day? “Oh, we had another bomb drill”?Report

  2. Avatar North says:

    There is a reason we celebrate courage; it’s counter intuitive and selfless. There’s a reason courage is hard; it’s selected against by evolution. The most truly courageous members of our historical species contributed their caloric value to a predator long before they could procreate much while their more circumspect kin spread their genes wide and died relatively old.Report

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    There’s a difference in courage with your kin and those who aren’t your kin. There are people close to me, and family too, that’d I’d die for or kill for. Most every one else? You’re on your own.Report

  4. This is such a good post, Gabriel. I loved it.Report

  5. Thanks for everyone’s comments!Report

  1. April 7, 2020

    […] I’ve tried to argue before, pretensions to courage and morality mix uncomfortably with felt security. I’m not much […]Report