Line Up For Your Beating

If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there. We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. When I posted New Beginnings the other day, one of the themes I had in mind was that my posts were too long. I get it. You want shorter. If you want longer, you’ll buy the book.

There are an overwhelming of individuals in our midst that, when a bit of news floats out there, rush to the execution of others basing their total knowledge on snippet of information. And worse, they do it with this self-serving, smug, know-it-all attitude like they have never screwed up a day in their life. It reminds me a little of the recently departed Fred Phelps, “pastor” of the Westboro Baptist Church. He and his followers, in their haste to denounce others, failed to realize that they too were guilty of sin. In the end, seeing their own fallibility, there was a desire for mercy, which sounds like the textbook definition of “irony”.

But while I actually LIKE that the Internet creates an environment in which nothing is sacred, there is a certain amount of consideration for others that must be involved as well. In my opinion, EVERYTHING should be up for examination, but we can be tactful and helpful in how we do it.

I think there is merit to putting long-held belief to the test of science. I think our values should be evaluated from time to time to see if they hold water. But regardless, even when I think I have a prima facie case, I try to understand that I wasn’t there and I don’t have all the facts. I try to be quick to apologize for any generalities I may make. And I know that, there but for the grace of God, go I.

Have some class and let the grieving subside before you race to the keyboard with your preconceived idiocy. If there really is something to what it is you have to say, it will still be valid when the time is right. I get that you may want to be the first on the block to have hater rights, but honestly, in our business, maybe you should just STFU until at least after the funerals. Show the world what it is like to actually exist in a brotherhood. Save the criticism for constructive and well-thought out fact sharing, not speculation. Approach the controversies with class, and we will be all the better for it in the long run. RFB-KTF-FTM

  • http://www.twitter.com/deepbluesealove deepbluesealove

    Great post!

  • Jeff Parr

    Amen brother, couldn’t have said it any better.

  • John Banks

    Many men have given their life ro save a few. These were just two. God Bless Engine 33 Boston FD. RIP Brothers we will take it from here…

  • Meat Eater

    Only post I made was about how calm Dispatch was during the “Mayday”. That Lady was remarkably calm, I admire her

    • http://firehousezen.com/ Mick Mayers

      Positive commentary like that, however, should be encouraged right now. These individuals already have enough going on. They need a little reinforcement to keep them in the game. We can constructively assess the situation later. Right now, the BFD needs our support.

  • Andy Nicoll

    Absolutely.

    The Internet is fantastic for “instant” opinion.

    For Firefighters, Police, EMS, etc who make “instant” decisions on the ground, your actions/decisions will be judged by armchair critics who have the benefit of hindsight and time to review.

    As an ex Police Officer and now a volunteer firefighter I cannot convey how much respect and sadness I feel for BFD

  • Anthony Correia

    Wait a minute here! You mean you want me to engage my brain and take a little time to make an objective critical analyses of a situation. And whats worse if I don’t have enough information to make an object and rational opinion, I shouldn’t my emotional and politically fueled comments in some tirade that shows me to be superior to all? And the lastly, You want me to look to science, to research to objectify my thoughts and actions? That’s just too much for me and the rest of us “we fight what you fear” with our “Johnson” hoses.

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Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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Mick Mayers
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Ruth, Thanks for the comment, although like Tom said, you missed my point. What I was saying is that I am honored and impressed that someone who not so long ago would not have been given a chance - for reasons of race and gender- was given those accolades. She is someone I would have…
2014-12-12 11:24:00
Tom Bouthillet
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There are plenty of white males who don't deserve to be firefighters. The most qualified individual should get the job regardless of race or gender. That doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons that don't need to be hashed out here. But way to miss Chief Mayers' point entirely.
2014-12-11 12:08:00
Ruth Phillips
Someone I Would Have Liked To Have Known
I've heard of all of these "substandard candidates brought in to fill a role" taking the jobs from those who truly "desire the job and are willing to embrace the lifestyle of a firefighter." Do you mean people of color and women taking the jobs from the more deserving, uh, white male? I'm baffled as…
2014-12-11 04:21:00
drydiggins
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My best friend once described flying in 'hard' IFR like being inside a giant ping-pong ball... everywhere you look, featureless white. I've appropriated that to describe people who seem to go through life in their own personal ping-pong balls. Apropos of the bumper sticker "I can't see you so don't pretend to be there."
2014-12-09 04:21:00
Mick Mayers
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George, Thanks for reading! Yes, I'll actually do that this week. And I actually downloaded that same meme myself a few days ago- I like it.
2014-12-06 15:25:00

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