Terry Paulson

All Jews receive a summons to leave for "work camps" in Germany. Hearing fearful rumors, they ask you to hide them or help them escape. Do you close the door, report them to authorities, or resist by helping?

Then they come for all able-bodies Dutch men to go to Germany to work in the military factories. To refuse brought a ruthless response. Do you go peacefully or leave to join the resistance?

In the face of resistance attacks, any Dutch citizen found with a gun is executed on the spot. Weapons are collected. Do you adjust, collaborate, or keep your guns to use in the resistance against the Nazis and Dutch traitors?

Over time, more and more Dutch joined the resistance as their loss of liberty and the presence of Nazi atrocities became harder to deny. Others turned in resistance members and even moved into the homes of Jewish neighbors who would never return. Adjust, collaborate or resist?

As Nazi guards come on the bus to check IDs, a woman stranger sitting next to you grabs your shoulder. As you eyes meet, she says, "My ID is not like yours. They have taken my family to the camps. I'm a Jew. Can you help me?" Do you look away, report her to the guards, or find a way to help?

As the guards approached, the man began to berate the woman, "I can't believe it. You forgot your ID again. You stupid woman!" Turning to the guard, "Can you believe my wife! She's so stupid. She forgot her ID again. Here is mine." The guards laughed and let her continue on the bus. With the help of resistance, she made it to America. She never even learned the man's name who saved her life.

In Cyprus, the government considered taking money from everyone's savings account to lower government debt. Could it happen here? After all, Congress raises the taxes on some Americans to fund the benefits for others who pay nothing. Instead of helping our neighbors ourselves, local churches and synagogues expect government to fund needed entitlements.

A New York newspaper reports which county citizens own guns? Congress and the President propose limiting what weapons law-abiding citizens can own for their self-defense.

At a recent protest in Washington, a man held a sign that read--"I saw a movie where only the police and the military have guns. It was called Schindler's List." Do you adapt, collaborate, or resist the loss of your freedoms?

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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