[This is this week’s actual curriculum in the yearlong #Impact Program. It’s a key lesson and focuses on recognizing and dealing with our rationalize. Thought I’d share it with you.]
Before our deployment to the Arabian / Persian Gulf (pick your favorite — it’s been disputed by empires for millennia) in Spring of 2001, I and a Teammate were talking one day over our trip preparations. I was known in the platoon as a guy who didn’t drink any alcohol or chase any skirts and, while the former was a rarity, the latter was a case-by-case choice by each guy in the context of his own life and home situation. I never made a big deal about these issues in my own life, because it’s been that way since men started going off to war about one zillion years ago, or going off to sell vacuum cleaners about one hundred years ago … each man makes his choices about whether he’ll still be married while he’s on the road. Each man respects each other man’s decision, and we leave each to his own.
This particular Teammate, however — we’ll call him John — apparently took issue with my particular set of choices and challenged me in private talk over our cruise boxes filled with dive, reconnaissance and parachuting gear.