Originally Posted by Maguru
I believe responses are a natural reaction to a situation. Not chosen or contrived but natural.
That would be true, if you were an earthworm. Then you and your other earthworm friends would all react the same way every time I did something, like shine a bright light at you.
Once upon a time, I knew a big group of men.
All of them had the same food. All of them lived in the same place. All of them did the same things at the same time throughout the day. All of them wore the same clothes. All of them were allowed to have the same personal items, nothing more, nothing less. None of them had the freedom to go anywhere else.
Out of this group, there were diverse responses.
Some had a great time. They saw the whole experience as a great adventure. They found it exciting and fun.
Others had mixed views. They found it enjoyable at times, but it was very tough at other times.
Some saw it as an honour to be there.
Yet others found the experience totally repulsive. One killed himself by shooting himself in the chest.
These were people I knew, when I was in the military. As I mentioned, they were placed in identical conditions. Same food; same clothes; same number of hours of sleep; same training; same bathrooms; same haircut; beds of the same size and shape; same guns; same distance to be run at 5:30 am every morning.
Their situation is as "same" as you'll ever get. Why are the responses so different? I think it's largely got to do with what's in their heads.