The other day my friend told me this story. Her twelve year-old son was on a Boy Scout camping trip where he was one of the scout patrols. Late one night he saw a light on in someone’s tent and when he went to investigate, he found a boy concealed under his sleeping bag with a flashlight looking at a Victoria’s Secret catalogue.
As soon as my friend’s son discovered the boy and before he had a chance to say anything, the boy exclaimed, “It’s normal! It’s totally normal!” When he got home from the trip he relayed the story to his mother who told him that next time something like that comes up he could say, “If it’s so normal, then why are you hiding under your sleeping bag?” It seems that while the whole world is telling the boy it’s normal to have prurient interests, a small voice inside him is telling him that “normal” and “good” aren’t the same thing. I wonder which one he should listen to.