Most of you have probably heard of this by now:
Here is what puzzles me when these things happen (seemingly all the time).NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer's political career teetered on the brink of collapse Monday after the corruption-fighting politician once known as "Mr. Clean" was accused of paying for a four-hour romp with a high-priced call girl.
The scandal drew immediate calls for the Democrat to step down. At a news conference before about 100 reporters, a glassy-eyed Spitzer, his shellshocked wife at his side, apologized to his family and the people of New York.
"I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself," said the 48-year-old father of three teenage girls. "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."...
1. The person in question put themselves on a pedestal, thinking they could do no wrong.
2. Other people treated the person as if they could do no wrong.
3. When the person does wrong, suddenly he publicly castigates himself and is mercilessly whipped by those who helped put him on the pedestal.
What is this odd pattern? Where people (and others) think too highly of themselves, then are shocked when they actually do err and insist on full and devastating punishment?
If Spitzer had a more realistic appraisal of his own humanity, would he have erred at all? Would others have attacked him so mercilessly? Curious...