Even granting that some feeble remains of antique reserve may have contributed to this, and even although some of it is certainly to be set down to his disposition and temperament, still it was his religious passivity that here determined the character of Socrates and made him a typical example of the later Byzantine Christianity.
Accepting their apparent passivity is clearly no way forward.
Then the advocates of passivity regained the upper hand and kept the squadron in harbour, and henceforward for many months the Japanese navy lay unchallenged off Port Arthur, engaging in minor operations, covering the transport of troops to the mainland, and watching for the moment when the advance of the army should force the Russian fleet to come out.
But little by little he succumbed to his milieu, the atmosphere of false confidence and passivity created around him by Alexeiev.
As video encourages passivity, it can prove difficult to engage the attention of students.