At this juncture it is entirely relevant to question whether the concept of authority serves a true purpose in the maze. As with many of the specimens, this latest is finding the barriers of authority to be problematic. At the moment our Atom is solving this problem by being ‘fast’. In other words, his physical survival gene is causing him to evade the intellectual questions. This I believe may be his strength. We must not, however lose sight of the fact that that which we delineate as the ‘physical’ is merely the intellect at its most basic level.
To elaborate: A peaceful man, one who has no true experience or will in the proactive art of violence, but who attributes his peacefulness to the intellect may find himself trying to talk his way out of a violent confrontation. For the very wiliest of intellects this may well serve to save his skin, but for the rest, the fight/flight decision will flip to flight.
In other other words; you can be as smart as you like but when they’re going to kick your teeth in, the best reasonable response is to run.