July 9, 2008
Thirty-five years ago, the world famous psychologist Dr. Karl Menninger wrote a book titled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” In our day, I would ask a similar question: whatever became of shame?
In New York, supermodel Christie Brinkley is divorcing her fourth husband. He admittedly hired an 18-year-old woman just so he could have sex with her. There’s more, but you can live without knowing it.
Alex Rodriguez, the star baseball player, is allegedly having an affair with Madonna, who is 20-years his senior. They reportedly hang out together at kabbala functions.
Then there’s CBS news war correspondent Lara Logan. According to yesterday’s Washington Post, Logan – who is separated but not divorced from her husband – had affairs with two men while in Baghdad. After breaking off with the first man, she began an affair with the second, who is separated from his wife. Now she is pregnant and discusses it with not an ounce of guilt, or shame, or any feelings for the man’s soon-to-be ex-wife.
Apparently, people love to read about this sort of thing. It would be shameful if shame existed in our anything-goes culture.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.