settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 13:58:06 -0500
>Why all the people wants the power to cammand everything??? Why >does any
one mind their own business??? Why they want to control >everything??
Some people want to command everything because they feel insecure in their
abilities to interact with other and to somehow convince them that what they
are wanting is also what the others are wanting.
Other people have "power trips" which carry over from work or home..."I'm
the master of my family, I'm the master of my work, I'll be the master here"
and when confronted with the fact that they can't, they take it out on the
Scouting is a way in which we find the broadest cross-section of our
communities and cities. We find the leaders of the community working
alongside the cityworkers alongside the homemakers and those that do not
have a job. One of the most impressive things I've seen in my Scouting
experience was going to an Order of the Arrow conclave and seeing a two-star
general without his uniform shirt and hat standing beside a private and
beside a sergeant putting up a flagpole. They were all muddy and wet from
the weather; not a word was spoken about "General X"...as a matter of fact,
there were very few people calling him "General X"
even though at that time, he did have a couple of soliders far enough back
to take a phone call for him. He was Max, one of fourty or so Arrowmen out
there making the camp better and all of which got caught up in a rainshower.
Max stayed around for the entire day, only beckoning his driver once every
few hours and only going out to his vehicle to contact his wife and to let
her know (I would only guess; he told us later that he had to "call the
missus") that he's doing fine. The rest of the time, he sat there and
listened and participated and sang the Lodge song around the campfire.
As a newly commissioned (well, within that past year, anyway) officer, I sat
two tables away from Max and saw that this was not a "pretend" deal that I
was used to seeing from other Generals and Admirals that somehow found their
ways onto a Scouting board somewhere...you know, come in, say a few words,
accept a plaque or award and leave. Nah, this dude was a SCOUTER. General
Max Schultz, whom went onward to serve as a divisional and later a Pentagon
General Staff officer before he retired, continued to do those Scouting
things when he could and as a Scouter. He "took off" his rank and moved
onward to service.
The Transatlantic Council may be lax in a lot of things, but one thing that
they have maintained over the many years was "there's no rank amoung Scouters".
Rodrigo, I would tend to hope that the vast majority of Scouters in your
country as well as in mine are not "bent on power" and "being in charge" but
rather "are there for the youth and for the ability to be of service to
others", as we should all be in it for.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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