Preferences for Irrational Reasons

If someone refuses military service, all they need is the excuse It’s against my religion. What they mean is That’s the tradition in my religious club. There is no need to justify the stance. In contrast, someone who has thought this through and can give ten good reasons for refusing service is sent off anyway. In the USA, an irrational excuse is thus strongly preferred to a rational one.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)