Are you a House Elf?

For those of you who haven't seen the Harry Potter movies or read the books, a House Elf is an obedient servant who must obey the orders of their masters. They have their own special magical powers but are bound to their master until freed with a present of clothes (most of them wear old pillowcases). When they do go against orders, they must punish themselves. They pride themselves in their work and are very loyal servants.

In the Harry Potter stories, Dobby (in the picture above) had to punish himself many times for going against his master, but he did it to protect Harry Potter, and because his master was just plain evil. Dobby was an unusual House Elf, he stood up for what he thought was right, even though it was painful.

Are you a House Elf? Are we all House Elves? Most people I know and work with take great pride in what they do. I would like to think that when the time comes, and we are asked to do something we feel is wrong, that we all behave like Dobby, and do the right thing.

-kto

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