Re: The wearing of jewelry
Doug Adams (adamsdo@RADIKS.NET)
Sat, 27 Sep 1997 07:29:01 -0500
I'm sorry if I was misunderstood. Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a
perfect world where people could be judged by what was inside rather
than what they saw on the outside? As long as one person can notice
differences in another, Martin Luther King's "dream" will never be
realized. We are men (and women) that are flawed and imperfect
creatures, because it's human nature to prejudge what we see in the
first ten seconds, rather than taking time to get to know them better.
No one, not me, not you, not anybody else on this list, can honestly
stand and say that they have never ever been free from prejudging people
they don't know. Why else would "dressing for success" be so important?
Why does a professional dress like a professional, and not like a Hell's
Angel? Because they want to put their organization in a positive light
And it exists like this everywhere in our culture. An earring shouldn't
be the deciding factor; but it is. How guys and girls dress shouldn't
be an issue; but it is. And even in places that are considered
progressive, like LA, Miami, New York City, etc., our culture still
doesn't widely accept the wearing of earrings by males, no matter how
Scouts-L stacks up demographically.
You and I deal with the public as members of the Boy Scouts of America,
and when outsiders see us, that's what they expect to see - Boy Scouts.
They've pictured in their mind's eye what a Boy Scout ought to look and
act like - and when something happens that contradicts that image,
Voila! negative stereotype!
I'm sorry that our viewpoints differ somewhat. But we both reserve the
rights to our own opinions.
Cubmaster, Pack 27
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City