Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
Upon graduation from college, grammar school buddies Ronald and Kurt were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army, pinning onto their uniforms each other’s gold bars. Their careers followed similar paths, each exhibiting exemplary leadership qualities in both command and staff assignments, resulting in glowing efficiency reports. Ronald and Kurt held coveted infantry command positions when their individual performance records were submitted to the selection board for potential promotion to the next rank. As fate and the military selection process would have it, Kurt was tapped for promotion and ...