Inside The War

You are in a war. You know that the odds of winning this war are slim.

At best you may be able to hack out a draw.

Unfortunately when it comes to war, it’s not like sports, a draw is only a temporary cease fire. There needs to be a victor, a final outcome. So in between fighting, (sleeping and eating of course) you are thinking “how can I win this war?”. Would it benefit you to have additional recruits on the battlefield? Might it help to have a medic on the sidelines? Or might it be best to have a professional who is supposed to be able to get the job done?

After many long years of denying it as an option, you decide you must go into town and look for recruits. One problem you will face is, the person will have to know what or who they are fighting for. Not many people are willing to go to war, especially when they don’t see the benefit to themselves. Why should they help you fight? Now some people will fight altruistically, even if it doesn’t directly benefit them. Those people are rare.

Another problem, is that even if a person is willing to be recruited, they would probably want to know who the adversary is to make their decision. Do you even know who your adversary is? Even if they don’t ask, is it right that you fully disclose the adversary and the situation? Who or what they are fighting against is important because that determines how entering this war will affect them. Best is to fully disclose.

Now with recruiting, we are not talking about a national war. This isn’t the United States vs. North Korea. There is no clear reason why this potential recruit should help you. This person’s freedom is not at stake. This person’s life is not at stake.

Now maybe if the person isn’t benefitted directly, they are content to be benefitted indirectly? But indirectly, still the question remains, what could you offer them? You cannot provide them with any wages for their ongoing efforts, you cannot provide them with disability checks if they get injured, or medical benefits, or social security benefits. What can you offer this person? A warm smile and a “thank you my friend”?

So maybe it’s best to say that you shouldn’t recruit for someone to fight side by side with you? Maybe it’s best to say that you will be recruiting a medic. So instead of fighting side-by-side with you, this person will bandage your wounds, encourage you, maybe assist you with meals, etc. Maybe this is more plausible to recruit for? Still, how will this person be benefitted, even indirectly?

Even if you were to win the war, what does that do for them? Is it safe to assume that the very fact that they don’t know about the war, or haven’t joined the war of their own volition, that there are no consequences for them? So there are no obvious direct benefits for them to help you, same as before, and since you can’t pay them or compensate them as we mentioned previously, what is in it for them?

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have one of those soap opera doctors, you know those George Clooney or Susan Lucci types, you can try to give some personal displays of appreciation. A hug, or a big smile, a thank you, or more; maybe an intimate relationship. The problem is, is that enough? Why would they even want what you have to offer being that they have to go through a war with you to get to that point?

Also, I have to wonder since they will not be on the battlefield, then the question comes, do they need to know the adversary? The person fighting side by side with you, will inevitable know the adversary, but someone off field may not. Is there a need for full disclosure? As a medic, I would assume that they will need some type of indication of what wounds to expect. A medic will need to have the right types of gauzes or ointment, or tools, so in other words they definitely need to know the wounds they should expect to see on you. So do they need to know the adversary? I would think, if they do have a knowledge of your adversary, I am sure that can make them a much more effective medic. They may know what normal injuries could occur because of the type of weapon or attack methodology.

Now if we acknowledge the importance of patterns and training, then maybe we ought to see the importance of having a professional instead of just a recruit who has taken on the role of medic. Because let’s face it, between fighting this adversary and doing your day-to-day duties, you don’t have time to help train this recruit. Chances are you don’t even know what this medic recruit will need to do to help you. A professional on the other hand will already be trained and will have a good idea of where to get any additional info that they need. They may research past victims, instead of just looking for similarities in your own wounds. They won’t have to wait for a pattern to emerge with you; they can use the overall wounds of others who have fought this adversary or similar adversaries to find a pattern. The professional won’t have to practice so much: it will not be as much trial and error.

If not having to train or allow yourself to be a guinea pig seems beneficial, then may I also submit that there is another reason not to waste time. Maybe you have simply been covering up your infected wounds and they are festering. Maybe you have become sluggish from these wounds; maybe it’s a bad limp. Maybe you don’t feel any different, but inside you it is possible that you have a lethal disease with no prior indicators or forewarnings. You may not have the time for a recruit to learn how to take care of you, even if you wanted it. If that is the case, then your best bet is probably a professional. While that professional may be less affectionate or willing to spend down time with you, in the long run you may find they will do more to help you heal. At least that’s what most seem to claim.

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