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!