I've been meaning to blog about this since the news first broke, but life, you know.
So this whole affair thing that Petraeus had makes me sad. For my non-US friends, Petraeus was a retired 4 star army general and head of the CIA (briefly), and his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell (who has a pretty impressive background) has not only permanently damaged his reputation, but Broadwell's as well.
I think I've mentioned my views on affairs before--- which was met with mixed response. I just don't understand. It might be due to the fact that I'm not a risk-taker. In almost everything I do (sans art) I tend to stay on the safe, cautious side of things. The idea of gambling with ANYTHING makes me uneasy, so when I hear about well respected and highly regarded people doing things like this, I just wonder, why?
They worked hard for all of their accomplishments, building a reputation that many would be envious of, only to have their credibility crumble because of an extramarital affair.
Marriage is not something I take lightly, and not for religious reasons. It's a promise, and quite possibly the biggest promise you can make, to be someone's partner. If the relationship doesn't work, get a divorce. My parents marriage obviously didn't work out, but they knew when to quit. They never cheated on each other, and it took them both quite some time to find someone else.
Cheating while dating I view to be a lesser evil because those types of relationships, in my mind, are kind of like trial periods. While I don't condone it, I don't hold it up to the magnitude of cheating within a marriage.
I've never had the desire to cheat, but whenever I get unhappy in a relationship I end it.
And I understand how naive this post may sound to those with more life experience than me, but it's how I feel.
Despite all of Petraeus' pitfalls within his personal life, I still admire all the work that he's done.