scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Evils and Scouting
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Tue Aug 22 2000 - 11:58:47 CDT
In a message dated 8/22/00 9:10:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Too many times, and this election promises to be one of them, I vote for
lesser of the two evils. >>
Folks, let's get away from the politics and back to Scouting. The statement
above reminds me of the time not too long ago when the argument was made
concerning the merger of two Councils into my current Council. I was told by
a number of voting members that the merger was "the lesser of two evils".
My reply then, as it still is now, is that the lesser of two evils is still
EVIL!!! My point being that as Scouts and Scouters, we must stand adamantly
for what we know is right, even if we know that such a stand may be fruitless
on a short-term basis; accept gracefully whatever decisions are made; and
continue to peacefully work towards what we know to be right.
The courage and righteousness we demonstrate by our example does more to make
positive changes than any compromise made to support a "lesser evil" merely
because it is viewed as easier or less obnoxious than the most obvious other
choice. When we don't vote our conscience but vote our convenience instead,
then that is not only a wasted vote but one that denies the Scout Oath and
Law. We don't have to like the immediate results of a decison, but that is a
lot better than not liking ourselves.
One of these days, Scouting will return to the values my troop never left.
Sorry for the rant, just unhappy with that tired cliche.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA