A policeman, Justin Hanners, came to the Tavern and gave us all a lesson in Integrity. He didn't mention the word, but then he wouldn't as it is an almost forbidden word these days and is certainly not taught to boys as they grow up.
But he did explain the corruption of the Police force he used to be in and the corruption of Officers who simply obey orders.
I will let you listen to him and then we can see what the guys in the Bar gave some thought to after.
It seems almost a piddling matter, doesn't it.
Many Police services do exactly the same. A bit of pressure by a politician, some budget pressure, some 'tough action' stance, some new 'radar speed gun' and Bob's your manacle. You are caught. Your human quality is diminished. Your Soul is in jeopardy.
It is the Road to Perdition
with bent coppers lining it.
St Augustine made it clear that a Man of Conscience has a Duty to break a bad Law. The Nuremburg Trials - remember them? - never heard of them? - also made it a non-excuse for doing something immoral in war.
Life is a war sometimes, in the souls of men, and this young policeman stood on the Right side.
Laws are easy to make. Parliaments and 'authorities' make laws all the time. So many that today one can break the law simply going about carefully and thinking one is doing that legitimately.
Young men are raised these days by women in feminised schools. They do not learn 'Masculine Integrity'. Indeed, Feminism, and to some extent leftist philosophy labels such qualities as Integrity as 'Patriarchal', 'Oppressive', even saying there is no such thing as Morals or Right and Wrong.
And it is not just policemen affected.
Justin mentions corruption. It happens in the full range of human organisations from the local kindergarten right on up to the Highest Offices in the land. It happens in YOUR workplace.
You may be given a task or instruction that seems just a little 'off', a little unethical, maybe even downright wrong.
You have a DUTY to say 'NO'.
But how many of us do not say 'No'? How many are abjured not to think for themselves but just 'do as you are told', or else.
Have a stiff drink of Masculine Courage, nay Human Courage, Moral Courage and THINK about it.