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The Tenets issue

 

To fully understand Tenets issue, it's best to begin with the "Promise of a Daedalian" which every new member holds up his hand and recites as part of his Induction Ceremony. The traditional version of the Promise appeared in the membership application each of us signed and submitted however long ago that was. It also appeared in a long succession of Flight Manuals and on the backs of membership cards issued prior to July 2009. The traditional Promise reads:

  "1st -- To place nation above self;

   2nd -- To be worthy of the trust and confidence of fellow Daedalians."

Note the two underlined words -- "fellow Daedalians" -- in the Promise.

Which brings us to the Tenets. Here they are as currently approved by the Board of Directors. 

"FIRST:  To place nation above self" (patriotism).

SECOND:  To be worthy of the trust and confidence of a fellow Daedalian" (Personal Integrity

and Character).

 Note the underlined phrase -- "a fellow Daedalian" -- in the Second Tenet.

The Second Tenet has read this way ("...a fellow Daedalian") since at least 1971 when the Order's Constitution was updated, and, according to old Daedalus Flyers, it may have always read so. Meanwhile, it appears that the Promise of a Daedalian has always read "...fellow Daedalians", the wording in the constitution and later the Bylaws notwithstanding.

 And so the issue boils down to whether the Promise of a Daedalian, which for decades has read "...fellow Daedalians" -- the way every living Daedalian has recited it for as long as anyone can remember -- should now be changed to reflect the ambiguous singular phraseology of the Second Tenet or whether the Second Tenet should be revised to reflect the language of the traditional Promise of a Daedalian.

 

 

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