scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Scouting and Citizenship - at Question?
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Nov 15 1999 - 14:30:53 CST
On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Donald R Izard wrote:
> young men (or women) today, not believe that they
> have some obligation to serve our country?
I believe, Don, you've raised two separate questions here -- one concerns
physical ability, the other concerns philosophical issues.
In re the first -- when push gets to shove, man frequently does more than
he believes himself capable of. (Man=humankind) Molly Pitcher freely
admitted she hated the sound of guns; Betty Zane disliked carrying water
pails. Yet both rose to the occasion when faced with do or die. Would
it have been *easier* for them had they not minded the sound or the
trek? Who knows. Practice may just have worn them out too much to have
the inner strength when it counted.
In re the second -- had G. Washington, T. Jefferson, T. Cresap, A. Wayne
and F. Marion performed their civic duty to their country, we'd still be
part of Britain. These men performed an illegal act of treason, not once
but repeatedly. In fact they did it so often they wore the opposition
down and it became a patriotic act rather than a treasonous one, but as B
Franklin succinctly said "we must all hang together or we shall surely
hang separately." My point here being two-fold On the one hand,
sometimes serving one's country involves seeming to not-serve it; and on
the other, obligation to serve may be met in other ways but when the
grits hit the fan, and people have something THEY believe in to fight for
(or against) volunteers will appear.