So, finally bothered reading post 206. Alma said, "When everyone is treated relatively the same, you see a Soldier, regardless of sex, nationality, age, etc."
Amazing. He just can't grasp the concept of the sentence "When everyone is treated relatively the same, you see a Soldier, regardless of sexuality, sex, nationality, age, etc."
Then he goes into managerial details, which would be fixed like all the other organisations do it: gay men bath and bunk with the straight women, lesbians bath and bunk with the straight men. Bi's get put anywhere and get to make everyone blandly indifferent, uncomfortable, or interested, as the case may be.
In one way I can sympathise with Almalieque. People routinely change their social rules when they go into a professional situation. Sometimes radically change their social rules, which can be initially startling and hard, but is usually adjusted to quickly, when given a personally important reason to do so. For an example, a civilian radically changes social rules when joining the military, or a monastery, and expects to do so. The thing is, in the usual case the rules of the organisation are known ahead of time and the person goes in agreeing to abide by the change in social rules. In the case of an organisation of pretty fixed membership changing its rules, the fixed members are stuck with something that may have prevented them from joining the organisation in the first place, if they'd known about the new rule ahead of time.
Alma joined a military with an underground queer population. I can understand him getting grumpy if he now has to deal with treating queers relatively the same, as Soldiers, regardless of sexuality, sex, nationality, age etc. It's not what he joined up expecting to deal with.
Edited, Jan 28th 2012 12:57am by Aripyanfar
I don't think that reverance or respect for the dead needs the dead to be hidden from sight completely. It is the attitude that you bring, as a witness to a dead body, that matters, not the display and witnessing of a dead body, per se.