I am not sure that the 'final choice' already happened for most people.
Oh, oh yes, he DID!He didn’t have to drag his body into the battles and risk being annihilated and risk taking his family down with him: he used his mind, his words, his grand emotions to create and thereby indirectly reach so many of us knightly spirited ones.
Oh, oh yes, he DID!
There was a screenplay written about Tolkien amazing life, which was made into a movie last year.
Tolken experienced a LOT of TRUE horrors and battles, which is where he got the material to write into his books, which probably worked as Therapy, in my humble opinion!
He was raised poor, by a single Mom, who read him amazing adventure stories.
Orphaned, he received mercy and support.
He survived WW I.
Dude TOTALLY knew Hard Times in Real time...
In its reactions the mass psyche greatly resembles the child psyche. One cannot overstate the childishness of the ideas that feed and stir the masses. Real ideas must as a rule be simplified to the level of a child's understanding if they are to arouse the masses to historic actions.
Daily life also made it difficult to see the situation clearly. Life went on as before, though it had now definitely become ghostly and unreal ... Strangely enough, it was just this automatic continuation of ordinary life that hindered any lively, forceful reaction against the horror. ... [This reaction] was hindered by the mechanical continuation of normal daily life. How different history would be if men were still independent, standing on their own two feet, as in ancient Athens. Today they are yoked to the details of their work and daily timetable, dependent on a thousand little details, cogs in a mechanism they do not control, running steadily on rails and helpless if they become derailed. Only the daily routine provides security and continuity. Just beyond lies a dark jungle. Every European of the twentieth century feels this in his bones and fears it. It is the cause of his reluctance to do anything that could "derail" his life -- something audacious or out of the ordinary. It is this lack of self-reliance that opens the possibility of immense catastrophes of civilization such as the rule of the Nazis in Germany.
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” – Seneca
…First, you must begin with one of the most important practices in the Stoic tradition: the premeditation of evils. What is the worst that can go wrong…the absolute worst? Study that. Feel it in your bones and skin. Understand what it will look and taste like. Good. Now you’ve removed the surprise and some of the fear. You’ve readied yourself for the worst. As Seneca put it best, “the man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.”
Now comes preparation: What can do you do to prepare yourself? What options do you have when the worst case happens? How can you prevent it from happening? What can you do today to reduce the chances of the worst happening? If it does happen, how can you bounce back? Write it all down on paper and think it through….
Can you elaborate? I’m not sure what you’re trying to say.