Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43 Posted (15 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
What do you feel is the most noble and or honorable profession?
To me, it's those folks that toil away, usually in obscurity who have thankless jobs and don't usually get much credit or recognition for what they do. And when they do, it's all negative.
So here's my list, in no particular order:
The Policeman, Trooper, Sherriff Deputy:
Besides being a soldier in combat, what other job faces the possibility of death so often? You may love them, hate them, pity or fear them, but I can't think of any other segment of society that gets more hateful press than cops. They are out there on patrol sometimes for 12 or 15 hours a day. Sure they will occasionally write you a traffic ticket (which was probably your fault anyway), but they are the ones that will be there to console you if you were in a car crash. They will be the ones that will take out the burglar that threatened you and your family (provided you didn't do it first). They are the ones that you will call if you see a car being stolen, and a little old lady being mugged. And they usually don't make much money. I understand that their rates of divorce, alcoholism, and suicide are second only to that of air traffic controllers.
And what thanks do they get? When was the last time you saw an officer get commended just for something as simple as not missing a day of work in 10 years?
The truck driver.
You hate them because they clog up the freeway with their rigs. You cut them off, swear at them, laugh at their dirty overalls and coarse language.
Yet everything you own: your car, your TV, your clothes, your journal, camera, and the food you eat-made at least part of its journey to you by truck.
If all the truck drivers were to go on strike tomorrow, overnight, we would look like Cold War Russia.
Those rigs fully loaded weigh in excess of 50 tons. They can't stop on a dime like your little Geo Metro.
They bust their asses to get the loads delivered on time. These guys deserve so much respect.
Like the bumper sticker says: "Without trucks, America stops"
It would be sobering to the extreme if you realized just how much truth that contained.
After enduring sometimes as much as a decade of schooling, playing the pawns in bureaucratic games, and starting out at a whopping $25, 000 a year, these souls still manage to teach how to read, write, and spell. Not to mention taking home 15 pounds of paper to be graded every night.
Teachers: I salute you!!!!
They are worth every dime of the 6 and 7 digit salaries they make.
Who cares if they are pompous and indifferent towards you? If I had to endure the gruelling 8+ years of schooling they do, work 16 hour days sometimes without any time off for a year at a time, and being on call for the 6 hours you're not at the hospital, I'd be in a lousy mood most of the time too.
One tends to overlook these things when suffering double pneumonia, a stroke, or anything like that.
Yet they don't get a shred of thanks.
Now does anyone want to add to this?
This thread will no doubt beg the question of what are the WORST and unhonerable professions....
I turn the challenge over to you!
AC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
Any honest occupation is an honorable profession. Anybody that save someones life as an occupation is noble.
This goes a bit off topic but next time you go to a restaurant, grocery store, wherever, think of everybody behind the scenes, like the dishwashers, stockboys, they deserve just as much if not more credit than the people you see. And lets not forget the gas-jockeys (the politically correct term is petroleum transfer engineers) who pump your gas when it is -30 out.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
I agree with AC_A340. Any honest and moral person performing a job that I personally wouldn't do is, in itself, quite honorable. For me, it's not the profession that I assign honor to, but to the individuals that perform it. There are several individuals in all occupations that could conceivably affect the "honor" of the ocupation in question.
Lifelong personal experiences can color one's opinion of an entire profession, unfortunately. For example, I can 100% honestly say that I've had more BAD experiences with police officers than good ones (eg., lack of sympathy with my stolen car, ones who stand back and don't do anything during a mugging or fight, ones who've stopped and harrassed me for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, ones who are terribly nasty and rude to innocent crime victims). By the way, my own brother is a big-city cop and I've witnessed first hand his criminal-like violent mentality that, ironically, has gotten him numerous awards and popularity with his precinct. He and his precinct 'gang' buddies have bragged over and over about how they target certain population groups for harrassment, "just because." They've admitted that criminal mindedness could actually be an asset because "if you can think like a criminal, you can catch them and handle them better as well." (Interesting). -I have a feeling the mentality and level of danger for police officers in, say, Osh Kosh Wisconsin, is a lot different.
HOWEVER, kudos to all of those hard-working cops who do perform their jobs the way they really are supposed to be performed, with honor and integrity, wherever they're located.
Same idea with teachers. Ordinarily I'd bestow much honor to all of our nation's educators. But even with the low pay of many of them, there simply is no excuse for the apathetic and poor performance of some New York City teachers. The horrible ones need to be fired, if not in jail! You wouldn't believe what I've witnessed during my brief stint as a substitute teacher! ...Keep in mind the embarrassingly low educational quality of the U.S. compared to other industrialized nations. But kudos to the best and most hardworking teachers nonetheless.
Anyway, the point is that it's not the profession. ...It's the professional.
SA-JET From South Africa, joined May 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Flight Attendants are very high on my list. The majority of pax see them as semi-intelligent people who push around service trolleys and serve drink and food. Few people realise the training it takes to become a F/A. HECTIC safety drill training for one. I really dislike people who put them down. I was in the hotel trade for four years, ANYBODY who works in the hospitality field is under appreciated. Stay on your feet for up to 10 hours a day, deal with rude, thankless fucks, who use and abuse you, and we still smile and remain efficient. So the next time you fly and then stay in a hotel. Think of the people who work behind the scenes, who go out of their way to help you out-if people only knew the things that happen in a hotel front office and back-of-house to make your stay pleasant, you would think twice about complaining that "my room has no view" or something rediculous like that.
Anyway, thanks for the soapbox Matt D!!!! I now feel better!!