On the way home from the army last week, I met Elie and drove him home. At one point, he asked, “PhotoShop or Flash?”
I was distracted. Work. House. Holidays. Family… and answered eloquently, “huh?”
“A course,” Elie explained.
The army is many things in Israel – it is the greatest social integrator and equalizer there is. Rich and poor, religious and secular, kibbutz and city dweller, tall and short, fat and thin – all go into the army, into this great machinery that integrates them and often introduces them to elements of society that they may never meet otherwise. The boy in the bed next to you is as likely to be rich as he is poor, as likely to be religious as not.
After two years in the army, thoughts begin to shift to what the man will do when he is discharged and in this, the army becomes a facilitator. What will you do when you leave the army?
Many will go to university; many will travel, perhaps to try to find the time they lost in the previous years. Some leave, thinking they are invulnerable. Others want to go to the far ends of the world, away from the guns and the noise…only to find when they get there, that as beautiful as all these places are, there is no where else but home for them.
Still others go into trade or business, using the skills they learned in the army. To help these soldiers, the army offers them opportunities to enhance their skills. In Elie’s case – computers. PhotoShop or Flash? He has but to choose and the army will send him to a week-long course.
Exciting because he’ll learn something new. Exciting because he’ll be able come home each night and sleep at home. Exciting because it means the end of the army is coming sooner, rather than later, and exciting because it is yet another indication of how much the army of Israel cares of the soldiers of Israel.
So – what do you all suggest? Please vote in the poll to your right ——>
(well, up there a bit…see it?)
PhotoShop or Flash? That is the question of the day.