My favorite story in the Tanach is the Story of Esther.
Yeah, she’s not my favorite character (Ahab), but her story is one of the most important lessons I have ever learned in life, and I am amazed how it comes back around time and time again.
It is simply amazing to consider how many people in my life were there for me in ways that they never understood or even knew about. People who perhaps thought one thing was happening, but in ways that they never saw accomplished other things.
Esther was told by Mordecai that G-d had put her in a specific place at a specific moment and that she may never know what becomes of things because of that. But she had to do what she could at that moment. What happens later is up to G-d. What happens right now was up to her.
There are two people in my life that had a bigger effect on me than they ever knew or had any reason to know. It would take days to tell the whole of it, but without them, there would be no Ben today. One gave me her friendship and a phone number. The other gave me a reason to believe again.
Looking around today I have to wonder two things. Who has G-d put there because I need them, and who has G-d put me there because they need me?
And when all is said and done, will I be like Esther and do what I can do at the moment?
85K Vets Treated for Sex Abuse in 2012 | National News – KFIV 1360 – What Matters Now.
So, here’s the thing… if we are going to go back as far as Vietnam with this, you have to wonder where it will all end up.
I will not and do not excuse misconduct of any nature, but let’s step back for a moment and look at this whole situation logically, shall we? Are we really at the point were what was once termed “horseplay” is now a sexual assault for which – seemingly – the military is liable?
As you know, I served in the Submarine Fleet from 1981 to 1991. There were things that happened aboard USS Michigan which were, not to be crude, absolutely some of the funniest things I have ever seen while as much as 400′ underwater and traveling in excess of 20 knots.
At no point in my service did I ever consider any of those things to be “an assault.” In point of fact, we did have one occurrence of what was perceived as (and I believe it was) an “unwanted sexual activity” which ended with the perpetrator having his face shattered and a MM3(SS) being busted to SN(SS) and getting his drinks free for several days after it.
I find it disturbing that – for lack of better term – normal behavior for men in a very stressful situation which was never in my observation harmful or dangerous, is now labeled as a “sexual assault.” Has the expectation truly become that I go back thirty years and claim that I was “assaulted” because somebody squirted Mobile Red on my ass?
Certainly and without hesitation any assault should be punished. But when did keeping sanity underway become an “assault?” Did they actually start crossing the line? I find that incredibly difficult to believe.
So was the line moved? If so, why?
What happened to us?
Broken Truck all better now!
It is pretty amazing what a band aid will fix, eh?
Parents Who Lick Kids’ Pacifiers Thwart Allergies
Plus I am assuming that it’s too late now anyway…