It’s an election year, and recently in an interview a candidate was asked about the problem of rape and sexual harassment in the US military since the enactment of both sexes serving together in common units. The candidate stated that the government was unprepared when it okayed men and women to commonly serve.
The interviewer with rising voice and apparent indignation began accusing the candidate of sexism, hatred of women, and a neanderthal view of the modern world.
The candidate calmly stated that to be a good leader you need to be a good planner, an adept manager, and to be prepared for all eventual outcomes. Since service of both men and women in the US military had always been somewhat segragated, the candidate stated that the government and military leaders obviously were unprepared for this possible issue.
Why? Why were they unprepared? Could it be because they refused to ask the question, ‘what will happen when we merge men and women into the same military units?’ Why did they not ask the question?
Were the leaders allowed to ask the question? Were they allowed to look at historical human behavior, and with wisdom plan accordingly? Or were they shamed and tamed into dominant group-think? Did any of them secretly whisper, “Oh, we can’t ask that question. We’ll be accused of ____ (insert politically correct brow beating here).”
Are we allowed to ask questions? All questions? Or just some questions? And who decides which questions we can ask?
Is honesty really still a virtue?
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32