The Smell of Moral Outrage

August 25, 2015

I love the smell of moral outrage.

I read today that a group of Ashley Madison clients have joined together for a class action law suit.  If you’ve missed the news, Ashley Madison is a website whose specific purpose is to hook up married people who want to cheat.  Their slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” Last week Ashley Madison’s servers were hacked and the names and emails of their clients were made public, literally tens of millions of people were outed. 

Apparently some people who had no problem breaking their marriage vows are upset that Ashley Madison didn’t keep their promise of confidentiality. Sniff, sniff, is that moral outrage I smell or hypocrisy?

I find it interesting that the villain in the story isn’t Ashley Madison, a company based on adultery and betrayal and the villains aren’t the men and women who were willing to violate their marriage vows and betray their partners. Instead the hacker is portrayed as the villain.  They are the ones being blamed for all the harm that might be caused when would-be adulterers are exposed, not those who were willing to break their marriage vows.

Maybe Instead of “Life is Short” Ashely Madison’s new slogan should be “Be sure your sins will find you out.”   Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.