There’s no greater tool to understand another culture than empathy. As we’ve explored before, life as an officer in the military is very different than life as
a peasant an enlisted member. The military is one of the few professions on earth where a 4 year bachelor’s degree immediately qualifies you for irreproachable god-status within the organization. You get much better pay, housing, O-Club access, general wellbeing and treatment, and more attractive women by becoming an Officer of Marines over the lowly enlisted.
Marine Corps uniforms are full of great history and symbolism. The shiny ranks of the officer represent a beacon of light that may guide us in our darkest of hours. The blackened rank worn on the enlisted collar is to represent the dirty, unkempt underclass that lives in the shadow of the glorious Commissioned Officer.
Of course, none of this is true, but we could all benefit from trying to understand each other better every once in a while.