Name: Steve Rogers Fandom: Marvel Comics Player's E-mail Address: email@example.com Voicemail: 555-FLAG Living Arrangements: MCA #9 Teaches: Sex Ed, Arts & Crafts
Blink once and fifty years go by. Blink twice and the man you thought of as your brother isn't dead after all. Blink again and your life goes to hell and everyone you know is fighting brother against brother. Blink a fourth time and you're dead, or the next best thing to it. Blink one more time and you're teaching high schoolers about art. Blink again and you're home, and everything and nothing's changed, and maybe you were better off 'dead.'
What do we learn from this? Don't blink.
All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you... -Watership Down
"I remember the first time I really understood what it was to be an American...what it was to be a patriot. I was just a kid...a million years ago, it seems sometimes, maybe twelve. I was reading Mark Twain. And he wrote something that struck me right down to my core...something so powerful, so true, that it changed my life. I memorized it so I could repeat it to myself, over and over across the years. He wrote--
"'In a republic, who is the country? Is it the government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the government is merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not to originate them. Who, then, is 'the country?' Is it the newspaper? Is it the pulpit? These are mere parts of the country, not the whole of it. They have not command, they have only their little share in the command. In a monarchy, the king and his family are the country; in a republic, it is the common voice of the people. Each of you, for himself, by himself, and on his own responsibility, must speak. It is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catchphrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country. Let men label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country. Hold up your head. You have nothing to be ashamed of.'
"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mob say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requrement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world--
"No, you move." --Steve Rogers (and Mark Twain)
"Can I, like, carry your books to school? For the rest of my life?" --Peter Parker
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