Trust: How We Put the Fate of Our Well-Being Into the Hands of Others

By MetriDee

Have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the swinging double doors of restaurant kitchens? We trust a whole staff of cooks and chefs to prepare our meals for us safely and deliciously. There have been stories of waiters taking turns spitting into a plate of pasta that would be served to a rude customer. Well, it was the same idea when many foolhardy young men were terribly misinformed about the glories and successes of fighting in World War I. In the novel All Quiet On the Western Front, the main protagonist Paul recalls enlisting in the war with many of his friends as a result of their fiercely patriotic schoolmaster’s unrelenting pressure. The trust and faith placed in the hands of their teacher, Kantorek, later turned into disgust and hatred as they were exposed to the horrors of the war. One of the more hesitant of the group was first to die in battle, his death being quite horrible. Kantorek writes to the boys, calling them the “Iron Youth” and glorifying their bravery for fighting for their country. Here, it is evident that Kantorek is oblivious to the reality of the situation.

In a restaurant, a lot of things happen when you order your food; the kitchen staff prepares your meal, the bartender makes your drink, and finally your server delivers the food right to your table. Rude customers who snap/tap/whistle impatiently will be deliberately ignored for an additional ten minutes by the server. What most diners forget to remember is that when a restaurant is busy, there are other customers and issues that are being dealt with as well. Many waiters who have contributed to these “What-You-Don’t-Know” articles want to accommodate your needs as soon as needed, but are simply unable to due to the demand of multiple parties and guests

In most war-based novels of the World War I era, only the most optimistic and glorious parts of the war are recalled and remembered. The horrendously gory scenes of the aftermath of battles were, figuratively speaking, swept under the heavy cover of the rug away from the upturned noses of the extremely patriotic. Consequently, the masses of young men who were convinced to join the battle against the enemy were strolling blindly to what could likely be their own death. Most people never truly knew the ugly truth behind warfare and only had surface-level knowledge of what was really happening. Some of their thoughts probably consisted of remarks like “War! Of course people die in it!” or “Those brave men out there are fighting for our country! If you don’t, you will be considered a coward who doesn’t love his country.” What these people didn’t realize was that there was way more people being sent off to war than veterans who actually came back. Unlike other war-based novels, All Quiet On the Western Front depicted the war in a more truthful manner, including the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the pride and patriotism of serving their country for “the greater good”.

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