/=-=-=-=-Click Here & Support Our Sponsor-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=\
Juniper Bank-2.9% intro APR, 100% access
Experience unrivaled Internet and wireless convenience
with friendly account reminders and online discounts.
Get connected to a whole new kind of credit card.

(CS)There are different ways of understanding respect.   Respect can be
subjective or objective.  When it is subjective, it is a given, do unto
others as you would have others do to type of thing.  When it is
objective, respect must be earned.  The objective respects goes with a
hierarchy of authority and merit promotion.  So when someone doesn't say
things the way that pleases you, are a justified in attacking that person 
who does not have your respect.  With objective (earned respect) it is not 
necessary to be respectful to someone who hasn't earned it.

And I would submit, at least in the US, that both forms are utitlized. One 
must be respectful of those who outrank you. Why? Partially because it is 
earned, but also because without that, the entire purpose for which the 
military is constructed could not be pursued. That is, if a lieutenant does 
not respect his captain, the CO of his unit, he will not obey lawful orders, 
will behave insubordinately, will, in effect, detract from the capabilities 
of the unit. A military must function as a group, an organization, and 
without good social "order" - defined and created more by respect than 
discipline or rules - it cannot survive the battlefield. Now, we can debate 
whether the purpose for which military formations exist. However, that is in 
the realm of the hypothetical, as war, or conflict, remains. Assuming we 
need to maintain a military, we must consider what it has to do and how that 
can be assured.

However, if you observe the daily goings on, there is as much respect that 
goes DOWN the chain of command as up. A Lieutenant must be respectful of an 
NCO, because, though he might outrank him, the NCO has valuable experience 
and knowledge. Further, officers generally behave with a great deal of 
respect towards the enlisted. Why? Because the officer is meant to have a 
level of dignity and honor, and to treat others poorly because of rank does 
not comport well with those traits. You must also be aware of how military 
personnel treat civilians generally - if you want to sirred or ma'amed to 
death, step foot on a military base. Now, some might argue that this is 
merely form, not indicative of true feelings. However, when you begin to 
address people with respect, you tend to find that you treat them that way 
as well.

So, as far as respect is concerned, I would submit that the military has 
much to teach civilian society about respect. This means that more concern 
must be given the group than the self, though it must be given willingly. To 
this end we have the rules regarding the type of messages that can be sent 
to the forum. I may WANT to send scads of cut-and-pastes, but for the good 
of the group, I must behave with respect. As to the content, whether there 
are attacks, we must treat the person well, whether we vehemently and 
violently disagree with the opinion. It may be deemed as semantic wrangling, 
but I try mightily to address my scathing remarks to the ideas, the 
opinions, that people put forth. Hence, I would consider an attack to be 
when I say, "You are a stupid old woman, and you can't possibly understand." 
On the other hand, to say that "your words suggest or display ignorance," is 
different. Subtly, perhaps, but different none the less. And in that we have 
the difference between disagreement and attack, between respect and hatred.

Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com

--- Support our Sponsor ------------------------------------
Imagine a credit card with a 0% introductory APR on purchases (for
complete pricing information and important terms and conditions,
please click on the link below).   Apply now for an Aria Visa!

To Unsubscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Make A Buck Or Two @ TheMail.com - Free Internet Email
Sign-up today at http://www.themail.com/ref.htm?ref=126357
    referrer name = john_t    Check it out! It works!

T O P I C A  http://www.topica.com/t/17
Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Your Favorite Topics

Reply via email to