I'm such a good capitalist consumer that when "A Moment Like This" came on in the cafe where I'm sitting, not just did that Sandals commercial flash to mind, but I even clicked over to their website.
And noticed this.
I'm not saying that firefighters don't do an amazing service for our community. Volunteer or paid, theirs is a career path that is full of danger, and certainly they deserve any recognition that comes their way.
But why is theirs the only public service profession that deserves such special treatment? Why is there such a stigma around - say - a policeman getting a similar deal? I can only imagine the backlash, the comments about "corrupt pigs not needing special treatment." Why? What about EMTs?
When did we build the cult of the firefighter, and why should I buy into and continue it?
5 months ago