Friday, August 9, 2013

Psychology as Religion; Religion as Psychology

When people commit some moral offense, they often will attempt to reconcile themselves with the offended party and perhaps with God.

They acknowledge their wrong doing.

They express remorse.

They ask forgiveness from God and man.

Not so with our current crop of politicians. They never admit to moral offenses. The admission that one is a morally vicious person might very well mean an end to one's political career. Admit only to suffering from some kind of mental illness. Instead of confession and contrition, seek therapy.


Former congressman Anthony Weiner and current San Diego Mayor Robert Filner appear now as the latest poster boys for psychology as religion. Or is it religion as psychology?

Weiner resigned from Congress after admitting to sending lewd photos to female acquaintances. After " a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy," Weiner has secured forgiveness from his wife and is back as mayoral candidate for New York City.





Meanwhile on the left coast, San Diego Mayor Robert Filner has been accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment. While Democrats fought on the front lines of the Republican "war on women," Filner stayed behind the lines gawking and groping. As pressures mounted for his resignation, he did what any self-respecting politician would do: he checked into a two-week session of concentrated therapy. And now he has been released as an "outpatient."







Because their actions reveal  a character flaw--an immoral disposition, if you will--a couple of weeks of therapy will accomplish little.

Do not experience surprise when they appear in the news again.




4 comments:

CW said...

You won’t see any surprise on my face, V.L.

I think we have Bill Clinton and those who looked the other way on his behavior to thank for the phenomenon you describe. He was really the first to put forward this idea that bad behavior was a “personal problem” – an illness - that really wasn’t any business of the nosey voters. Weiner’s wife, an advisor to Hillary (how appropriate) recently extended the tradition by saying that what Weiner did was between him and her, and she’s decided to forgive him so everyone else can just butt the hell out (I’m paraphrasing).

Speaking of psychology, you gotta wonder what’s going on in the minds of democrats. Bill Clinton did as much if not more than these guys, but they love him. I guess they found him more useful.

RightDetour said...

I am still trying to figure out the Clinton's claim, or at least that of spokespersons for the Clintons, how the support Weiner's wife for her husband somehow differs from the support Hillary! gave for Bill.

RightDetour said...

Weiner and Filner share this approach to their actions with common criminals as well. You may remember Ariel Castro claiming that he is not a monster, only and ill person in need of treatment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTfN4eOl04

CW said...

>>”I am still trying to figure out the Clinton's claim, or at least that of spokespersons for the Clintons, how the support Weiner's wife for her husband somehow differs from the support Hillary! gave for Bill.”

Let me know when you figure it out!


>>”Weiner and Filner share this approach to their actions with common criminals…”

The difference between Bill Clinton and Arial Castro, aside from the extent of their crimes, is that Castro has to pay a price for his crimes. He is not one of the anointed.