My neighbors disagree with me, but what difference does it make if the town is occupied? What protection has anyone else afforded us? Just over the hills to the northeast, war rages over who gets to sit on a fancy chair, and the rest of us get to suffer.
Why do we put up with it? Because we're helpless, that's why. Because we never learned more than that most basic of citizenship requirements, wielding the swords we own but don't know now to use.