I confess. I don’t understand the the word “surrender”. Sure, I’ve used the word. Like the popular 80s tune by Corey Hart “Never Surrender”, I’ve shouted the words during many late night study sessions. On reflection I don’t think I understand.
Both Google and Oxford (aka Googoxford) define surrender: ”cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.“ Looking for enemies? How about the following:
war on crime
war on cancer
war on drugs
war on terrorism
Here are the enemies, now fight!
But there’s more. Googoxford states to surrender is to “submit to their authority”. I see crime having no authority nor cancer, drugs or terrorism. If I were to surrender, to whose authority would I be submitting? I don’t understand.
Many feel that to surrender is an invitation to be lazy. Yet others like myself feel to surrender is akin to “leaving one’s common sense at the front door”. Either way, few of us like the idea of surrender. All our lives we’re encouraged to be persistent and give honour to those that finish the course. There is, nevertheless, a Christian tradition suggesting that to surrender can mean “giving up the struggle”, “leaving one's troubles at the feet of Jesus”, taking on a more or less “Don’t Worry Be Happy” attitude. I think this is something I can begin to understand. Perhaps "surrender" can be an acceptance of a world and a life that is fragile and sometimes broken that when and where I can, I shall attempt to repair
Photo Caption: World War II. Liberation of Holland. Capture of German soldiers by American liberators. Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 1944.