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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #47)

Sun Jul 7, 2013, 12:34 PM

102. Being a vet give you some positives

For example, you're expected to be able to lead people, to have a "can-do" attitude, respect the layers of organization in a company, push yourself beyond normal limitations, etc.

And of course, as a nation we have to take care of our injured military personnel during and after service.


But being a vet doesn't cure you of being: an asshole, a drunk, rude, inconsiderate, arrogance, hubris, prickish, or ignorant. Nor does being a vet magically gift you with a degree in social work, child-rearing, political science, US and world history, constitutional law, engineering, medicine, psychology, or criminal law.


Professional sports players also work very hard at physically demanding tasks, pushing themselves and their teammates to the ragged edge of their capability. They are gifted, talented, hard-working, aggressive people in the peak of physical health. And yet, the respect the public has for their achievements and abilities dot not cure them of being an asshole, either. Nor does it give them some kind of special knowledge of poli-sci.


Contempt for an individual, vet or otherwise, is perfectly reasonable provided it is based on the individual's actions. If I was store owner who threw a black teenager out of my store or shoplifting or foul language or whatever, that would be perfectly reasonable. If I threw EVERY black teenager out of my store, that would be bigotry.

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