Power and Greed are brothers – the kind of brothers most people want to embrace but are a little bit afraid of. They exist is all race and religions and they are insidious – once they are acquaintances of yours they most likely will never go away. They would drive an insane man quite sane I believe. They are especially influential in our occupation.
We exist outside normal life and laws part of the time. What we do we do for the good of our country, at least that is what most of us believe. Some enjoy the powerful feeling of independence they believe they have and their power over the lives of others. They have forgotten even kings must answer to the common people and if they step too far off the cliff they will fall and suffer the consequences. Sometimes they need a push.
To exist in this calling you must have a strong sense of self existence and self discipline. You must remember who you are and what you are striving to accomplish. If you fall into the trap of “my country’s calling” for your actions, the brothers will get you very quickly. You will lay the blame for any transgressions at their feet and that slope is the slipperiest. You cannot believe that because your country has issued the order it is a justifiable action. You must take the right action when needed. If you do not believe in what you are doing, down deep in the cellar of your soul, you do not belong in the business and you will not last long – that cliff is high and no one survives the fall.
We often forget how fragile we are and that we are only a tool. We are not the final answer for a situation; we are only an action most often planned much sooner in the play.