Indeed, we read, along with Subcomandante Marcos, much of the military destruction of communal village life throughout Africa (including the Ogonis in the Niger Delta) and the Americas (including the Zapatistas in Chiapas) as part of a Fourth World War against the indigenous peoples of the planet who can still resistingly
subsist (Midnight Notes 2001).
By the end of his life, Milosz's position has moved closer to that of the Elder Zosima, and a good distance away from the young Ivan, who declares, in earshot of his brothers, that God does not exist, that everything is therefore permitted, and who denies (but eventually, resistingly
, accepts) his role as his brother's keeper.
Whether she will obey quietly and acquiescently, like a peaceful and contented child at naptime, or stupidly, like a dulled subject of hypnosis; whether she will fall asleep cheerfully, grudgingly, resistingly
, resignedly, indignantly (even, perhaps, only partially), is all in the realm of performative option.