This was written in 2009 and guess what? It’s still true, except for now there’s a forty-year history to offer. Here’s the old post with an update, following:
I was talking to my husband about my “people don’t change” theory…
“The other day I was taking care of a drunk,” I said. “How long have I been up to that?”
“You take care of everyone,” he said.
“I do. I say I’m going to quit but I never do. And what about you? You’re a soldier. You revert to your training. I know you make a conscious effort to live and fit in the civilian world.”
“But if the conditions were to arise where you were called to full blown fighting, how long would it take for you to be in total soldier mindset? A few minutes? Seconds?”
“You watched me in a relationship with the AMF. You saw that relationship end and you watched what I did. You’ve had the experience, personally. You and I broke up when we were young. I didn’t retaliate and do anything to either one of you so that’s my behavior over a thirty year span. I don’t screw people up when a relationship ends but if you get involved with someone who does… if they cut the throat of the one before you, then you can be sure they’re going to cut yours.”
“Yep, the only way that won’t happen is if they consciously decide not to act to form and even if they decide it will be hard for them. They will have to fight the impulse to cut the throat because they are a throat-cutter. It’s their instinct. I would have just as hard a time messing someone up, just because they don’t want to be with me. In fact it would be nearly impossible for me to do that.”
Update – I’m pulling this up today because I had a corpse surface, from a long time ago. I was talking to, Satori, about it. She joked, “Why don’t these people ever die?”
It’s more evidence of this. You’re a pain in butt and ten years later; still a pain in the butt.
It’s also interesting there is only one comment on that. It’s highly unusual for this blog. I wonder how it happened.