The General Petraeus extra marital affair scandal has shocked the world as did President Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods, to name a few. It almost seems that powerful men who have affairs need to in order to maintain their sanity or something. Why then woud they take such risks? Tiger Woods was #1 when he was cheating on his wife, but failed miserably after his Indiscretions were revealed.
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I can see your point. It is possible that in many instances, even though there may be a commitment between two people, the romance may be gone and the temptation to cheat takes over.
I believe you hit the nail on the head with this one. Although the question is about powerful men, your explanation is true for most long term relationships. Not all, as some have figured out how to not fall into complacency in their relationships.
Something else which is not being talked about is; Why would women married or not (knowingly) get involved with a married man? Paula Broadwell is married, a mother of two, went to West Point, and is a doctoral student. Her (jealousy) makes no sense.
Congratulations to the Titan from Tillson, for such a long and prosperous marriage!!! I am sure you can teach many of us a thing or two about the institution of marriage.
P.S. I love your costume!!! Is it from the movie "Snow White"? :0)
I actually do not believe any cheater expects to get caught! (Whether it's a man or woman) :-)
I've always said; "Monogamy is a lifestyle choice and not a genetic code." I believe the reason why Mrs. Woods was upset with Tiger was because he took a vow stating he would foresake all others. It's the "variety" after saying "I do" they hate most.
Good book! More than a 'lifestyle choice', monogamy is a spiritual commitment to a higher cause.
Choice simply means you have the "option". There are those who do not believe in a higher power but may still choose to be monogamus. The reason (why) one makes a choice varies from person to person. We "choose" what we (want) for ourselves.
"Monogamy is a spiritual commitment to a higher cause"? Try this: "Its difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding." Upton Sinclair
It seems General Petraus may have cheated on his country, as well as on his wife. It appears that the woman he was sleeping around with had classified information on her personal computer, which may have come from her mid-night liasons with him. Hmm.
It would seem that the illusion of power often follows with the idea that they are beyond the mores of the masses. The oligarchy as übermensch. The Machiavellian way rules the day, as you say "for centuries".
I guess more is expected of power holders than of the masses. They are presumed, by the masses, to be more in control of their urges and decisions which is not always the case.
It is interesting that you say that "more is expected of power holders that of the masses." They were talking about General Petraeus extra marital affair scandal in "World Have Your Say" on the BBC on PBS.
Historically whether it's Thomas Jefferson, JFK, Martin Luther King, RFK, FDR, Ben Franklin, through Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton...There are many examples of men in power that choose to risk their reputation.
I tend to agree. :0)