25 June 2009
Amidst news of incredible cultural events, or the building of amazing green buildings, here is a continuation on the theme: ah but we’re all human, have failings, make mistakes, etc.
But not all of us have to admit to these in public, on television, at a press conference.
What rotten luck for the Governor of South Carolina.
There is no schadenfreude* here in my heart/home. Philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno defined schadenfreude as “largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate.” wikipedia
Did he ever think while spewing his confession, no, on committing himself to an extramarital affair, about his four sons and the impact on them?
So now we have the true confessions of another public figure, Governor Sanford of S.C., voted into office to protect and serve the people of his state, who can only offer apologies to all for “not getting the heart-thing right.” (my paraphrase of his words at news conference)
Which leads to the question, the cosmic question of today: Is there any way to get the heart-thing right, if in doing so for yourself, it hurts the people who are your family, your deepest connections in this world of so many others who surround us, and can make us feel anonymous without those connections?