The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #85161   Message #1580166
Posted By: Charmion
10-Oct-05 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: BS: How low can you go?
Subject: RE: BS: How low can you go?
Vancouver alone has the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, the Canadian Scottish Regiment and the British Columbia Dragoons, plus a Field Ambulance, a Service Battalion (cooks & truckers) and a Brigade Group Headquarters. It also has HMCS DISCOVERY, a large Naval Reserve division. Like I said, that's a formidable lot of families -- well over a thousand. It's highly possible children from those families have been in your class, or will be soon.

But to tackle your larger point: You implied above that military service is a "necessary evil". That smacks to me of a notion of untouchability, as if you are aware that such activity must go on but you don't want to know about it, or let your pupils know about it, let alone have anything to do with it. In Asian cultures, this attitude produced the caste system, in which ethnically undesirable persons (e.g., dark-skinned) are allowed to share community space at the cost of taking on such distasteful tasks as removing the nightsoil of their higher-caste neighbours and disposing of dead bodies.

By bringing the "untouchability" notion to an occupational group (such as the profession of arms), you are in danger of accepting also that only unacceptable people take up that occupation. Do you really believe that? What do you think of police officers, who are also members of the profession of arms, sworn to use force in the public interest? Do you think they are just power-hungry bullies? Or do you accept the possibility that police forces work hard to recruit idealistic people who are committed to defending their fellow citizens against crime and disorder?

By setting your face against certain knowledge, you back yourself into an ideological position that you might find difficult to defend.