ours not to reason why


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ours not to reason why

It is not someone's position or place to question or defy a situation, order, or the way things are done. Adapted from a line from Lord Alfred Tennyson's 1854 poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," describing the British cavalry as they obeyed orders to ride+C1926 into certain death in the Crimean War. Originally phrased as "theirs not to reason why." As soldiers, we are trained to follow orders, ours not to reason why; after all, a soldier constantly second-guessing orders will not be very effective.
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