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Old 28-01-2008, 18:54   #31
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Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
Yes. It comes from being a man.

We have a duty to rescue anyone without regard to their race creed colour or circumstance.
We have a duty to protect anyone who is at threat or feels they are.
We have a duty to protect all women and children.

Our duty is life long and is without regard to our own safety.
Our duty can never be legislated by Government, hindered by correctness or removed by law.

We are men and must act manfully.

Thats my firm belief

Excellent post Mark! From a retired ff, much respect!

My first thought after reading the original post was how could someone live with themselves if they could have saved a life but didn't?

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Old 28-01-2008, 20:56   #32
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Amen!! Mark.


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Everything else is rather personal and subjective, isn't it?
I would hope it was personal but it clearly is not subjective.
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Aye, manly men. Wait, isn't that a Monty Python line? From the OK Lumberjacks skit?

Yes, subjective. There are many parts of the world where life is cheap and if someone sees you in distress, it is perfectly acceptable to wait until you've gone away or died, and then scavenge your boat. Or, take you captive and hold you for ransom if you can't pay something out of pocket as a "gratuity".

Sorry, guys, the Western PolyAnna bit isn't universal, much as we might like it to be. Nor is the "compulsion" of laws, in many places. Heck, aren't there still roads in Mexico where tourists are told "Don't drive there, there are bandits" ? And that's just one spot, not a bang on Mexico. Guerillas and civil wars many other places? Does the phrase "the former Yugoslavia" sound familiar? Rwanda? Columbia? Nicaragua? Not to say, getting mugged or gang attacked in London or LA? Kitty Genovese, in NY?

No one has a monopoly on "duty" and the lack thereof. The the Church of Rome seems to have a persistant problem with priests buggering altar boys, and bishops hushing it under the rug. Ooopsie.

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