Re: Sheath Knives--public humiliation)
blaine a. jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 14 May 1997 09:01:07 EDT
On Mon, 12 May 1997 01:02:42 EDT James E Lade <jlade@JUNO.COM> writes:
I was the subject of something like this and didn't find it damaging.
I have noted that all of the "testimonials" about being the subject of a
snipe hunt, etc. point out that the poster was not embarassed,
humiliated, and suffered no damage from the event. I think that it is
significant that there are no posts from anyone with a different
experience. I personally cannot remember a specific event which
embarassed or humiliated me, but I have a vague memory of it happening.
I think that there are two reasons why we have not seen such posts:
1. If it did happen to us and we were embarassed, we are not going
to tell about it here. Even though it may have happened 20 or more years
ago, none of us want to admit that we were so gullible.
2. I suspect that it did happen to many of us, but that our
selective memory choses not to remember it accurately, but ot remember
how perseptive we were in realizing what was going on and participating
I do not think that any of us can realistically deny that such events can
hurt a boy, and perhaps cause him to leave scouting. That being the
case, why take the chance? I would hate to hear a future president say,
"Yes, I was a boy scout until my Scoutmaster, Mr. Jackson, embarassed me
in front of the whole troop and I quit."
If you are not doing it for the benefit of the scout, it has no place in
scouting. I await a flury of E-mail explaining to me how humiliation is
good for scouts.
Blaine Jackson, email@example.com
SM T-450, 1st SA Jambo T-1807
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