Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 13:49:38 -0400
> From: Sage Backstrom <SageofAges@aol.com>
> Date: Tuesday, September 23, 1997 1:07 PM
> It is the content of the character, not the outward appearance that is
That's certainly true, in theory. Unfortunately, many times decisions are
made about people based upon outward appearances and they never get a
chance to demonstrate their character. That is something I often tell the
Scouts. What they wear and how they comport themselves can send messages
which often are NOT true reflections of their character.
I had a good friend who started to wear an earring way back when it was
much more the exceptional behavior. I told him at one point that it was a
good thing I had gotten to know him before he started wearing it because
otherwise I might not have taken the time to get to know him. I know that
the prejudice is mine and is my problem, but that doesn't stop the impact
it can have on the Scout's relationships with those around him.
(I currently react similarly to those who wear their baseball caps
backwards. To me, rightly or wrongly, it conveys a message of an
attitude. So, given the choice, I tend to avoid those with that kind of
Just one additional comment about the very often subconscious impact
certain conduct can have.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City