Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.24
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Soldiers when in desperate straits lose the sense of fear. If there is no place of refuge, they will stand firm. If they are in hostile country, they will show a stubborn front. If there is no help for it, they will fight hard.

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This can also be seen in animals who are normally fearful and will run away, yet will fight like demons when cornered.

The life drive is a natural instinct and we will each fight until our last breath. This can be seen in people who are dying in their beds as well as those on the battlefield.