Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Private Lives

The news about Arnold Schwarzenegger and the reasons for his separation from his wife, Maria Shriver, isn’t something I would normally write about. As far as I can tell, it’s none of my business and I don’t really care about the private lives of people I neither know or who do not have an impact on me.

But Rachel Maddow makes a good point: it’s not the deed but the fact that people who have demonstrated rank hypocrisy about “family values” make a living out of demonizing other people.

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It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to understand that people who do this sort of thing — live in glass houses armed with stones — are doing it to justify their own weaknesses and to distract attention while still getting some kind of thrill out of doing something naughty. In that respect we never grow out of the pre-adolescent need to make it all about ourselves and tempt fate.

The problem isn’t the politicians and the moralizers caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy; it’s the kids or the wife or the parents who have to live with the stupidity thrust upon them through no fault of their own. Their private lives are shot to hell.