Comment: We did not ask if we could leave...

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We did not ask if we could leave...

we asked if we could leave PEACEFULLY!!
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Reading between the lines, the official response would be, "We will kill you if you try".

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche