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She had two special circumstances. First, she was on a trip with her company. Second, her company is a charitable organization that works with disabled children. Triple whammy! She made the company look terrible when she was traveling on business with that firm. The third problem for her is if she was an "at will" employee. Her lack of judgment took care of that. It was a terrible thing for a grownup do to, but to put it out on the public airwaves was just dumb.
So what's the big deal? How come 8,000 people are so malevolent as to want to get someone fired for a funny (even though tasteless) pic? Everybody makes mistakes. Fire those 8,000, instead, for ill will.
I don't think it's a funny picture at all. It is more than tasteless, it is disrespectful. Not only to our nations heroes that buried in Arlington but also to the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come there to pay their respect.
I have family members buried there and have visited several times and each time it takes my breath away seeing the painstaking levels our country takes to honor our fallen military members dating back to before the civil war and although the first military burial was in 1864, the cemetery holds the remains of soldiers from every war we have been in since the revolution.
I hold no sympathy for the girl in that picture. I wouldn't rally to get her fired but her poor choice of judgement is in question since it is her job to help disabled people. Nor would I protest to save her job. It was a poor choice to pose for that picture as well as to publicly post it onto the worlds largest social network.
Just as you, being American, are allowed the sentiment to think of the fallen soldiers of your country as heroes and saints, so should I be allowed to not hold any special respect for anyone just because he died in combat. Those people had reasons of their own to fight in those wars. I venture to say ask any soldier and the last thing he or she will tell you is that he or she became a soldier out of patriotism. Well, maybe some will, but these are the kind of people you might not want your children to make friends with. I agree with everything you said except the idea that the remains of fallen soldiers deserve any more honoring than those of average people. A person does not become better or more honorable when he becomes military. Delusions suck. Feeding them to people sucks even harder.
Perhaps you have patriotism and nationalism confused. Those patriots you speak of are exactly the kind of people I want my kids to be friends with. Arlington is the final resting place to more than those military personnel that died in combat. Anyone that served and retired honorably from the military are eligible as well. There is a whole museum and area dedicated to the women who have served and sacrificed for this country.
Not being American, I'm sure it is hard for you to understand that we Americans have and always will regard our military to be Above Average, and our fallen military hold a special place in our harts. Serving the military doses not automatically make one more honorable but those that sacrifice with an entire career of protecting our rights and ensuring our way of living, and those that have given their lives (or had them taken away) do indeed become more honorable than the average guy.
Is there nothing or no place in your country that you or your countrymen feel the same respect for? If not, what a shame to live in a place where you can not honor and respect those that made the ultimate sacrifice for your way of life.
I still wouldn't judge an individual based on whether they are part of an organization or not. I think there is much more to a person than this. You are making a huge generalization. Nor would I judge someone based on what the American goverment (or any government) tells me about them.
Yes, we have quite a few national heroes as well, who are no heroes of mine, exactly because I have studied history enough to know better. Maybe your historical archives have been wiped clean of the accounts of the character and personal schemes of George Washington, for instance. So you can put him on a huge pedestal, solely on account of the fact that he was your first President...
Also, I don't live in the Viking age so that I could say - with a clear conscience - that my fallen brethren, who had been no more than pillagers and marauders in their lives, were now true heroes because someone killed them.
While I think the picture was poor judgment on her part why would you want to fire someone over something like this? We as humans make mistake and it takes much more character to forgive someone than it does to act on anger.
"Stupid is...as Stupid does. That's all I got to say about th-aat." Forest Gump
There are sooooooooooo many whys related to this.
Why do it in the first place, but it takes all sorts I suppose and lots of things people do are stupid and offensive.
Why do it on the company's time? You were supposed to be working, it was a trip for your service users. What else were you doing when you were supposed to enabling others?
Why post it on a social network that is snooped on by employers?
Why be surprised when your actions provoke a response?
Why, why, why do people feel the need to post vacuous drivel on the internet? Except us of course, we're exempt.
This is correct. Facebook these days are keeping people exposed too much to the public world. One mistake and your life will be in hell.
Lesson to be learned from this: if you're gonna be a dumb ass, don't post proof of your dumb-assery on Facebook where the whole world can see it.
Last year, during the riots in London and other UK cities, some of the looters posted pics of themselves on Facebook, next to their loot. Then they were all surprised when the police beat a path to their doors. D'oh.
I think eventually enough people are going to realise the hard lesson that much of what you say on the interwebs (especially sites like Facebook, where you use your real name) provides a permanent record that can be tapped into by law enforcement, employers and internet bullies alike. By then, the internet will have become a lot more like real life, because (like in real life) people will be keeping their real opinions to themselves and only sharing with those they think they can trust.
Only humans behave with so little regard to the possible consequences.
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