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Monday, November 12, 2012

Feet of Clay



The sordid Petraeus affair is one more in a long line of powerful men betraying a basic trust. Politicians and preachers who fall from grace are too numerous to name. Just about anyone in a position of authority, even football coaches, have sordid secrets.

All these people were honored and we underlings were supposed to look up to them. They may have done good things at one time or another, but nobody’s perfect. We are human. It seems those who strive to looked upon as greater than human fall the hardest. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who claims moral authority is instantly suspect.

Maybe the we deserve half the blame. We expect humans to be perfect, and they never are. There’s an old saying that those the gods would destroy they first raise up. The powerful being brought low is not a new thing.

We’ve had a lot of smart people, strong people, rich people, powerful people, charismatic people, popular people, beautiful people, clever people -but what we really need are wise people.

Of course, those with wisdom know the best way not to fall is to not climb up a pedestal.

-Sixbears

19 comments:

  1. Those with wisdom know the best way not to fall is to not climb up on a pedestal - oh I do like that Sixbears...

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  2. Plenty of guys who don't run a major government agency screw around too. I knew a guy at the Water Department who pulled more tail than a slow kid a a petting zoo.

    You can fall from the bottom of the ladder pretty easily.

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  3. It certainly didn't start with Clinton. It started a long time ago but we just never heard about it. sometimes I think we're given too much information.

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  4. They say that wisdom comes with age. If it does then most of us don't live long enough.

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  5. Just a major part of the human condition, I reckon! Still, like you say...it is pretty sad!

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  6. I just cant help being a little suspicious of the timing. You know with them wanting him to testify on that oversea incident.Gotta go black chopper just buzzed my place.

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    1. I don't think we'll ever get the whole story on this one.

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  7. Personally? I think considering another person's sexual peccadilloes a "fall from grace" or a personal betrayal is foolish. I listen to singers who CAN sing, I read writers who write good books, I buy art that is painted by someone who does it to my satisfaction. I like generals who WIN wars.

    I don't care who sleeps with whom, if I am the general's wife, THEN I can talk about being betrayed. Otherwise, frankly? It is none of my business and is a silly assed distraction to keep us off the topic that DO concern the general public.

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    1. True, but when they hold themselves up as moral authorities, then they have something to answer for.

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    3. Who the hell holds the head of the CIA as a moral authority?

      I gotta side with herlanderwalking. If Petraeus was good at his job, he can bone anyone of legal consenting age with my blessing.

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  8. Anyone who listens to a general...in charge of winning wars/killing people, as any sort of a "moral authority" is bound to be disappointed even if he never takes off his trousers.

    And if people want to point fingers over moral authorities being less than "all that"? Let's start with the expert hypocrits: the churchmen.

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