"Always" and "To the end"

Fifty Japanese workers fight on to calm the nuclear reactors while everyone else has been evacuated. The New York Times explained it this way:

Lunchroom conversations at reactors frequently turn to what operators would do in a severe emergency. The consensus is always that they would warn their families to flee before staying at their posts to the end, said Michael Friedlander, a former senior operator at three American power plants for a total of 13 years.

Four words in that statement stand out to me: “always” and “to the end.” The consensus is always that they would warn their families to flee before staying at their posts to the end. No wiggle room in that statement. “Always” and “to the end” are as unequivocal as you can get. In the context of “The Few” and “The Many,” where does this consensus come from? From “The Many” talking amongst themselves over lunch. Think about that…

Bill @ sr4