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(Telegraph)   Rest in peace to Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who escaped Nazi execution twice - once by stealing a German limousine from in front of Gestapo headquarters, once by dressing as a Nazi guard and then as a nun   ( divider line
    More: Hero, Gestapo, occupied france, Nazis, British Embassy, British Agent, Special Operations Executive, German Army, Charles de Gaulle  
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2012-07-03 04:08:30 PM  
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RichieLaw: Wow. What an insanely incredible life this guy lived.

It makes me wonder, reading these obituaries from WWII heros, do we still have people like them? Are there so many incredible stories because of the scope of the war and amount of people involved? Or was there something different about that time that made men and women braver and more courageous?

Or have we just not experienced an event as horrible as WWII to bring out the best in us?

People tended to be more self reliant, and less whiney, not for reasons of moral superiority, but because there wasn't any other option. You dug in hard, improvised solutions, and played the cards you were dealt; or you died.

armed forces members still do this all the time, as do the residents of the third world shiatholes they find themselves in.

But the Greatest Generation was more than happy to ditch the Rugged Individualism for a life of suburban comfort, and worked hard to shield their kids from that sort of life.

It's a common phenomenon in empires. A stone cold rabble from some godforsaken hinterland gets their act together, and pounds the shiat out of their soft, decadent neighbors, by virtue of bring stupendous badasses. But after a while, the members of the tribe get tired of bring stupendous badasses, and demand to enjoy the fruits of their conquests. Over time, they lose that keen badass edge they acquired on the periphery, and become just like the soft, decadent people that they conquered. Meanwhile, in another party of the world, some other tribe is starting to get its shiat together, and the cycle repeats...

We are obviously in the decaying stage of the american empire. But that doesn't mean we are all soft, or all doomed. Look at recent disasters and you will see that while many people are doomed without the apparatus of society around them, there were a number of people who displayed immense adaptability and courage in the face of enormous challenge.

another example is me. My job requires me to have a decent heart tolerance. Yet I guarantee you that my grandmother had a better heat tolerance at my age than I do, because she lived & worked in an un-airconditioned farmhouse, while I have the thermostat set at 78 degrees. there is nothing stopping me shutting off my AC, and being more of a badass, except the fact that I like to be comfortable.

Yet a month ago, I spent two weeks working 10 hour days in hot temperatures. And after a few days, I was fine. so it is not that our forefathers were superior to us, they just didn't have the options that we do.
2012-07-03 07:24:56 AM  
1 vote:
He also assisted the flee from law of a criminal deporter of Jews.
2012-07-03 07:18:02 AM  
1 vote:

TenJed_77: Did anybody notice that he died the 8th of May, and that this is V.E. day;
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, born September 16 1923, died May 8 2012

Some would say this sort of thing is coincidence, but then we have the coincidence of both Jefferson and Adams dying on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
2012-07-03 06:54:42 AM  
1 vote:
After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply. "Even allied to the Devil, it's for La France.")

de Gaulle always was a wanker.
2012-07-03 06:23:57 AM  
1 vote:
Did anybody notice that he died the 8th of May, and that this is V.E. day;
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, born September 16 1923, died May 8 2012
2012-07-03 06:15:27 AM  
1 vote:
Would volunteer to be a pallbearer to help carry his huge set of balls.
2012-07-03 01:53:27 AM  
1 vote:
Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.
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