William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 15, October, 2008

How Do You Get People To Do THAT?

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 19:17

As an outgrowth of my interest in teaching and history, I’ve been interested in leadership and motivation. There are some situations where the only intelligent, if not sane response is to LEAVE. That’s the catch, or rather the Catch-22.
Heller drew on his experiences in World War II, where it was quite likely that if you were aircrew, you would be shot down. It was worse for Luftwaffe pilots, they didn’t have to do a tour and get sent back to the states, they kept flying until they were killed or wounded. How do you find people who are willing to do such things? For all that 300 was a terrible movie, why would the Spartans stand and fight at Thermoplaye?

This is a question I’ve thought about for some time. These folks weren’t supermen. And they weren’t stupid. The did believe in what they were doing, I suppose. They wanted to support their friends. Or, at least, they didn’t want to look bad in front of them.

For most of us, life isn’t a series of life-and-death struggles (thank heaven for that) but there is the question of motivating people. I don’t have a lot of respect for people who aren’t willing to do what they ask others to do.  Cowtown Cop has an experience to relate, go and read.


  1. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman touches on that in one of the chapters; a very interesting read.

    Comment by BobG — Thursday, 16, October, 2008 @ 12:32 | Reply

  2. I got up and went flying because that was my job… I got the crap scared out of me more than once, especially multiple passes by a boat that was trying to shoot us down and kept getting closer to hitting us. Call it patriotism, or stupidity, or what ever you want; but I believe we did it because we were confident WE wouldn’t be shot down. Remember the line in The Right Stuff about 10 little Indians? That was us.

    Comment by Old NFO — Thursday, 16, October, 2008 @ 17:08 | Reply

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