The sense of invincibility is derived from a series of remote misses. This is the sensation of hearing the sirens, bombs, and explosions. You can see the enemy aircraft overhead but the bombs never hit your headquarters or home, they always explode down the proverbial range. When you survive the bombing, you note the ease of survival. There is no shaking, no visible damage, nor any personal distress. As a result, remote misses feel like invulnerability. For many of the rest of us, we are not remote misses. We are the near misses; we can feel, hear, and see the presence of damage and destruction. We move a little slower and more carefully. We operate with a vulnerability that endears a humility and an empathy for the tasks ahead, our teammates, and our partners.
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