"Types" in military society

#1
I'm inspired by a quote from John Keegans excellent "The Face of Battle" (1976). I'm sure some contributors to ARRSE know the author (I have never had the pleasure, but do enjoy his writing).

The paragraph that struck me while beginning a re-reading of it after a few years is early on, (page 23 in the Penguin paperback), where he says
"We are most of us capable of compartmentalizing our minds, would find the living of our lives impossible if we could not, and flee the company of those who can't or won't: zealots, monomaniacs, hypochondriacs, insurance salesmen, the love-sick, the compulsively argumentative. One of the pleasures of mixing in military society is the certainty that one will meet there no representatives of most of these categories, and few of the rest"
My point is, from reading the contributions to ARRSE (which can be deemed to be military society, I think), I would say that a lot of these categories (especially the compulsively argumentative!) would be represented!

Does any contributor think this is down to the changes in society since 1976, or the anonymity which is offered by the internet.

The flip side is that ARRSE, whilst being an open discussion forum, does have a form of censure that most discussion forums does not apply, i.e.. the "O2 Thief" tag, which whilst being short of total banning and erasure of posts, is an indication to other members that in some way, a member's views may be considered suspect.

Do any other members of ARRSE have a view on this?
 
#2
A rather 1970's view of humanity it seems... anyone who compartmentalises their mind will be ill before too long! It was a time when we liked 'typing' people, from the Type A poishernalities, to MyerBriggs et al.

We can now all be 'ourselves'... some even wear those offensive crocs shoes! ewwwww...
 
#4
flamingo said:
My point is, from reading the contributions to ARRSE (which can be deemed to be military society, I think), I would say that a lot of these categories (especially the compulsively argumentative!) would be represented!

Do any other members of ARRSE have a view on this?
I disagree on some but not all of the points you have raised.
 
#5
#7
JonnoJonno said:
flamingo said:
My point is, from reading the contributions to ARRSE (which can be deemed to be military society, I think), I would say that a lot of these categories (especially the compulsively argumentative!) would be represented!

Do any other members of ARRSE have a view on this?
I disagree on some but not all of the points you have raised.
Which ones? :D

(I was thinking of you when I put in the O2 Thief bit, and thought should I generalise so much, then decided "what the hell!" :D )
 
#8
nottinghamgirl said:
:? WHAT?! You need a life, mate!
I was more aiming it at the grown-ups! :twisted:
 
#10
#12
That wasn't angry, it was twisted! :twisted:

This is angry :x
 
#13
Actually, if you click on it, it says 'evil or very mad' . Very Mad = angry.... There is, of course, another one which just says 'mad', but then you didn't choose that one ... oh well... :)
 
#14
This face always reminds me of someone who is constipated trying to take a dump :x
 
#16
flamingo said:
JonnoJonno said:
flamingo said:
My point is, from reading the contributions to ARRSE (which can be deemed to be military society, I think), I would say that a lot of these categories (especially the compulsively argumentative!) would be represented!

Do any other members of ARRSE have a view on this?
I disagree on some but not all of the points you have raised.
Which ones? :D
One of the first ones; I forget which.

PS- Nottinghamgirl. Outstanding crayoning there woman. Whilst preferring to cut your labia off with a shard of Everest glazing, watching you distribute your wisdom on all things 'smiley' comes a close second.

There you go Flamingo- something for you to get stuck in to :wink:
 
#17
PS- Nottinghamgirl. Outstanding crayoning there woman. Whilst preferring to cut your labia off with a shard of Everest glazing, watching you distribute your wisdom on all things 'smiley' comes a close second.


Haha You like my artwork then?
 
#18
nottinghamgirl said:
PS- Nottinghamgirl. Outstanding crayoning there woman. Whilst preferring to cut your labia off with a shard of Everest glazing, watching you distribute your wisdom on all things 'smiley' comes a close second.


Haha You like my artwork then?
Not really cnut bubble
 

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