Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
We all know what flopping is when we see it.
The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water.
I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy;
about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge.
Everyone is flailing through this life without an owner's manual, with whatever modicum of grace and good humor we can manage.