Yep. Plenty of “ethical shortfalls” in the Teams, and I agree with *** regarding the “you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t trying” problem. It sure affected me, and I still struggle with myself (not just the students) every day with that attitude. The story you told me about not stealing toilet paper from Yosemite has stuck with me as well. It’s such a powerful move, and it seems easier to remain in integrity than to regain it, but it also seems to be like a good diet; you’re always only the next meal away from living in integrity.
Was just reading Greg Crouch’s book where he talks about going to West Point. Integrity was so important there that professors usually left the room after they’d handed out tests. One time, the professor left the room and a student opened his book and started working on the test using his book. The rest of the class was amazed and shocked until one guy leaned over and said, “Hey, this isn’t an open book test.” The student who’d been using the book went white in the face, immediately closed his book and ran out of the room to go find the professor and confess his mistake.
That story struck me particularly, probably because I’ve heard so much shit-talking about other services and started to believe it without checking. That changed for me with the Marines when I read One Bullet Away by Fick, and this second story got me thinking about why I viewed other services with, well, fuck, I’ll just say it, disdain. Totally ignorant of me, but something that I wasn’t conscious of. Def. something I’ll start adding in to my duties as an instructor; teaching our students that they ain’t the be-all end-all of warrior-dom, and that integrity is not exclusive to the elite.
Hope your trip to Africa was fun, sure seems like a lot of folks are heading over there. I guess it’s a good time to be a black dude in the Teams, eh? Have often thought of doing some kind of business there, something to do with sustainability but then I figure why the fuck should I work over there when I’ve got neighbors who don’t get it?
Planed that redwood slab down again today; it got moldy last time as I didn’t treat it with any MurderDeathKill type sealers. I think I’ve fixed that problem now. Have been reading 3 of VDH’s books, all of them are good reads. Carnage & Culture, The Land Was Everything, and Who Killed Homer?
Yeah, I’m not sure how the whole thing will go down on working with you and other guys I dig, and I want to make sure I actually MOVE on it at some point instead of talking about it, but I still think we’re in the best kind of patiently waiting stage, and when the time is right it’ll all come together. In the meantime I’m giving the subject pretty consistent low-intensity thought, and it’s nice to think about.
Ok for now,