"Morality" relative to where you live
"Even after a private confession, the moral stain often sticks. America’s founders thought that the character of their new state hinged on the values and even the private behavior of voters, so they stressed monogamous marriage and warned that anything else threatened the state. The United States is the only country I found where high-profile people who had strayed are thought to be capable of any manner of corruption and lying, and apologize to their employees or constituents for their private behavior."
Interesting how other cultures approach infidelity differently than we do. Russians think cheating is OK, the French just give each other privacy, and the Japanese just don't want to know.
April 6th, 2007 7:15am
doesn't that stem from the european protestant background of the people who founded the US?
April 6th, 2007 7:50am
> Psychologists in Moscow told me that if you live in a two-room apartment with your in-laws, as many Russians do
> I was afraid that my personality might be destroyed
Yah, you wouldn't want anything to infringe on your live sexclubbing self.
> Perhaps the French have found the formula: discretion is the better part of love.
Ironic from the inventors of the guilliteen.
son of parnas
April 6th, 2007 9:33am
Oh, but the French haven't used the Guillotine in just ages.
April 6th, 2007 9:52am
American buy their cheated upon wives gifts as remorse (witness Kobe Bryant). American women would rather not know when their husband has cheated on them.
> when the French do cheat they typically aren’t saddled with guilt.
Bullshit. Bull. Shit. Perhaps they relieve their guilt in Catholic confession. But they still have guilt. Otherwise the cheating rate would much higher in France (but OP says it's the same). And French are discrete like the Japanese?
> It was only in 1991 that Brazil’s Supreme Court declared that a husband could no longer murder his adulterous wife and her lover.
This contradicts the notion that 'cheating' is acceptable in Latin America.
> One popular American remedy for cheating is now extreme truth-telling.
This is just a fad. Like cabbage patch dolls. The author has no perspective.
April 6th, 2007 10:03am
"Ironic from the inventors of the guilliteen."
So by that logic, from what nation would it NOT be ironic from?
April 6th, 2007 10:05am
the point is, the French don't pillory their public figures because of perceived problems in their private lives.
April 6th, 2007 10:06am
More of a Gallic shrug and "you mean you haven't cheated in love before?"
April 6th, 2007 10:24am
I percieve the American desire for perfect morality in their public leaders derives from our Puritan past. And also our regrettable tendency toward perfectionism.
Hopefully few other countries would think to conclude that private immorality (adultery with another consenting adult) would imply anything about how that individual would behave in their professional or political life. But in America, "Corruption" is corruption.
Sadly, those who throw the most stones also seem to be the ones who DO behave badly in their professional or polical life, selling their influence to the highest bidder, abusing their political power to increase the number of Republican voting districts, or invading a soverign country on false pretenses.
Fortunately, the above mentioned Founding Fathers did succeed in holding off a Puritan desire for God IN Country long enough to pass Separation of Church And State. This allows us to point out the hypocrisy of those in power without being accused of Athiesm, even as we ARE accused of being un-American.
April 6th, 2007 10:32am
On stones, I seem to remember reading recently that Gingrich was doing the same whilst picking up the biggest stones he could find.
April 6th, 2007 10:37am
the problem with trying to be perfect is that you're almost bound to fail, and if you don't you'll probably be hated anyhow.
April 6th, 2007 10:41am
>> Sadly, those who throw the most stones <<
Are there.... any women here?
April 6th, 2007 1:51pm