U is for Uniform – Alphabet Challenge
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Men and women in uniform are instant authority figures. It doesn’t even matter much what service they’re in, they are respected and often trusted immediately. But a uniform doesn’t have to be something bearing medals or a badge; a uniform can also be a business suit. Bankers and lawyers wear uniforms every day. Putting a tie and suit on aren’t much different than a cop’s uniform. Only the colors change. But, somehow, we don’t respect men in suits, except as objects representing money or prestige. And often, we scoff at their materialism, call them pretentious or untruthful. I think it’s interesting to consider that. A guy wearing an Army uniform might not be any more trustworthy than a guy in a suit, once you get to know him. And, in fact, faced with an enemy combatant, the uniform can mean immediate distrust, even fear.
So why do we assume, in our fiction, that the guy in the uniform is a hero? Something to consider as you read.
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