There are days when I remember fondly my time in the military.
For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, "Go," and he goes; and that one, "Come," and he comes. I say to my servant, "Do this," and he does it. Matthew 8, Verse 9There were those above me in the chain of command to whom I owed loyalty and obedience. As I gained in rank and authority, there were an increasing number of those below me in the chain of command who owed me loyalty and obedience.
Conversely, I felt that I always owed them loyalty as well. I would listen to their ideas and suggestions, if they had them, and sometimes they did. But there always came a time when a decision had to be made and actions carried out. The time for seeking ideas was over. It was time to act.
Often it was those above me who made the decision. They would say "Go" and we would. I eventually found though, that the more stripes I gained, the more it was up to me to make the decision and make things happen.
Now I am once again part of the civilian world and have been for fourteen years. There are aspects of it I like and there are aspects of it I don't like. Guess which aspect I want to talk about today?
Yup, the "don't like".
Apparently, in the civilian world, there are certain types of people who will never, ever have an idea or independent thought. But will have lots and lots of input on somebody else's ideas or thoughts.
I know, I know. First world problems.
This is one of those days I just want to unleash my inner Master Sergeant and bellow my frustration at an uncaring world.
Where are my airmen? I need my airmen!
Quintili Vare, legiones redde!*
*Upon hearing of the destruction of three of his legions in the Teuroburger Wald, the Emperor Augustus, according to the Roman historian Suetonius in De vita Caesarum ("On the Life of the Caesars"), was so shaken that he stood butting his head against the walls of his palace, repeatedly shouting:
"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ ('Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!')
Not that I ever had legions, but you get my drift. I hope.