Re: Selective disobedience
Hal Dudley (wolfcsm@MAIL.N-LINK.COM)
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 15:57:51 -0500
I draw a distinction between ignoring a rule and working to change the rule. I
fully support the idea that rules are not fixed for all time, they may be
But, to ignore a rule and do nothing toward changing the rule is being selective
about the rules we obey. I for one do not want my sons to get the idea that they
can ignore a rule and do nothing. I do want them to understand that it is a
right and a responsibility of everyone to work toward changing rules that are
outdated or make little or no scense.
I would be concerned if the Scouts were shown that they may just ignore the rule
and do nothing toward changing it. I think that they might be shown some of the
methods of how to go about changing a rule. This might be the more valuable
James H. Moss wrote:
> Where this county would be is the United States of America. The USA was
> founded on ignoring a rule. "No Taxation without representation!"
> Now we get into the thread of what rules to ignore, what to fight, how to
> fight etc. We have been there before and we will never come up with an
> answer. Again because we are allowed to have different opinions. However,
> I believe a large group would agree one result of Scouting is to teach youth
> to make decisions and to make decisions like above. I am not concerned
> about how the patch "rule" was ignored as much as I might be concerned about
> how the boys interpreted it.
> Yours in Scouting
> Jim Moss
> 12340 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80228-2841
> Eagle Class of 69, Vigil, Denver Area Council
> In a larger view, where would this country be if anyone could ignore
> rules and regulations as they choose? I realize that this is an extreme
> example but ....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City