My husband wants to become a member of the Jehovah Witness faith. Well he doesn’t really want to be one, but I think he likes the fact that they don’t concern themselves with a lot of the things that the rest of us get hot and bothered about.
Quite a few years ago when I couldn’t avoid being seen, I was detained by a group of proselytes – one of whom I knew. At the time, we were weeks away from an election and my husband asked the person if he was ready for voting day – to which he replied that they didn’t vote.
Now I don’t know if it was because he was with the other members and he was towing the party line, but had every intention of asking for some time off on voting day and making his way to the booth when nobody was looking. Because at the time I couldn’t fathom not casting my vote simply because I might later regret it.
I’ve since come to understand that one can be tempted not to vote, but those are for some entirely different reasons.
I think my husband has grown frustrated with the constant back and forth between opposing sides, and some operatives in the media who facilitate it. Then, when you become resigned to that modus operandi, they decide to change their own rules.
What really made him throw his hands in the air though concerned an incident involving a local “celebrity”, whose pictures were circulating quite heavily on social media. The photos weren’t vulgar, but they were quite embarrassing for the person concerned. It was the fodder for which most news outlets live.
The radio programme host declared however, that while he had seen the pictures (which had probably been sent to him multiple times), he was taking the decision not to discuss the incident at all.
There is at least one other issue surrounding it, so he’ll probably have to wear a skirt to avoid mentioning the one in question; but because the incident could have happened to his [insert relative here], he wasn’t going to address it, much less, take any calls.
I thought it seemed an admirable thing to do, because don’t we all have a [insert relative here] whom we wouldn’t like to see in an embarrassing situation?
But my husband wondered whether we should just look the other way and not talk about an issue because it could involve our father, mother, brother, sister or child. And this is coming from a person who has problems (as we all should), when the people who present the news don’t always get it right.
I’m thinking he has a point, because as far as I’m aware, the person who misused the funds that people invested, that other person who molested that child, and the one who padded his bill before presenting it to the government is somebody’s father, mother, brother, sister or child. Hopefully though, it’s not yours.
It never looks good when there’s an appearance of one rule for me and another for you – whether the issue is something as trivial as a wardrobe malfunction or something a little more serious.
But I guess he thought it was the honourable thing to do…. because nobody wants to be caught with his pants down.