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When I first went into the Army, the mission statement of any order you received or issued had five elements. The 5Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why. The most important element was the Why.
The format changed, years later, and became Task & Purpose. The most important element was the purpose.
The reason for the why/purpose is two-fold. First, if the task cannot be achieved, but the troop knows Why he’s doing it, then he can adapt, overcome and improvise in such a way as to generate an outcome that fulfills the Why.
The other reason is that American Soldiery needs to be told Why. The troops may not even agree with the purpose of the mission. But if it’s valid, those rambunctious, pugnacious and inventive little miscreants will get it done.
In my experience, having worked with Partner troops from dozens of disparate nations over the years, this is unique to the American troop.
Now, I can’t help but expand that assessment to the American citizenry writ large. Citizens that are told why they have certain restrictions placed upon them will pitch in, help out, and perform magnificently. Citizens that must suffer restrictions for which there is no discernible, common sense explicable reason, and whose state governors are not even trying to articulate a Why, become frustrated and will rebel.
There could be a valid reason that marijuana shops are open, but barbershops are closed.
There may be a valid reason that you can visit the beach, but cannot go in the water.
There may be a reason that throngs of people can go to Costco, but cannot go to Church.
Note, though, that on those topics, the Why, if it is even offered, is usually ill-defined and reliant on an appeal to authority. The Science is settled! Okay, then break that science down for me, Hot-rod. Show me your facts and figures and calcs. Make it make sense enough that it adds up to a Why.
Or go pound sand.