So far outside the box you can't even see the box from here.
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.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.