Words of Wisdom Wednesdays: Obedient







“A Scout follows the rules of his family, school and troop.  He obeys the laws of his community and country.  If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.” – The Scout Handbook

Obedience is a vital part of being a Scout.  What do you think happens if you disobeyed your Scout Leaders?  When given a directive to do something, it often means that it is very important and that you should do it.  If you don’t, things will not get done and you are left with disorganization.

But obedience does not mean that you should mindlessly obey every order.  If you obey every order without reasoning through, then you may in fact be doing something wrong or illegal.  You should think about what you are asked to do, and if you believe that you need an explanation for the task, you should ask for reasoning.  If you believe there is a better way to resolve a problem, bring it up.  If you are not dealing with an emergency, maybe it’s best that you seek additional advice from others.

It is important to obey orders, but it is even more important to know why you should obey them.

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