There are accepted revolutions, revolutions which are called revolutions; there are refused revolutions, which are called riots.
How can I tell,” said the man, “that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?
Douglas Adam, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Now, if an animal is captured and it wakes up in a cage, its biological impulse is to run. Humans, because of our incredibly complex brains, can actually shut that off and thus thwart the discharge process. Our need for safety is compromised by the neocortex’s control over our instinctive behavior. One reason it is so hard for us to achieve this desperately needed discharge is that in the context of industrial civilization, what we think of as safety has very little to do with what our evolution expects for safety. So we accumulate traumatic stress and hold it in our bodies. And, in fact, the exact same thwarting of the discharge process can be seen in captive animals. We are, in a very real way, like the tiger pacing in its cage.