Why do people give up?
One reason could be because they lost the value of the things that they valued. Maybe they invested so much, thinking that this is the right path, or that there’s nothing more that they could really lose. But then, something happened and they realized how little they can gain from it — that it was a clear loss even from the start.
Maybe, people give up because they don’t have enough strength to go through the whole process of fighting anymore. Doing the inital steps, they probably miscalculated the amount of effort required to accomplish the goal, thus falling short of the amount of strength halfway through the process.
Maybe, they really are just not passionate enough for the task in the first place.
Maybe, they they didn’t know what they are getting their selves into.
Maybe, they got overwhelmed of the weight of it all.
Maybe, they realized how everything would end and decided to just minimize the damage.
Or maybe, they just got tired. Just.. simply tired — of fighting, of thinking, of drawing the swords and lashing senselessly on the wind, of planning, of seeing the world crumble despite the effort and sacrifices done.
People get tired. People give up. People realize the actual value of shit and decide to just drop it. People lose their fire and decide to just walk back to their homes rather than die in the cold in the middle of a desert.
Sometimes, people get tired and decide that, more than anything else, achieving happiness is the greatest prize that a person can lay his hands upon.