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Date Posted: Monday, January 30, 08:38:45pm
Author: JayBee
Subject: LOL, well...(r)
In reply to: Nell 's message, "It is an interesting question, isn't it?" on Monday, January 30, 07:59:54pm

I'm still not sure I quite got at what I intended in the adultery thread,


which wasn't so much a question of 'adultery' as a legal issue - which is obviously null in all of their cases, one way or another, but more an issue of the value of personal fidelty - Section consciously creates itself as an environment in which it is impossible to honor your own promises, or expect anyone else to honor theirs.

The stumbling block I had with the question you posed had nothing to do with legal definitions, but my sense that you were focusing on an oddly narrow (to me) realm of personal fidelity: that is, sexual fidelity *only*. In a context where people lied to and betrayed others on such a massive scale, it seemed to me you were giving a disproportionate importance to one, fairly trivial (IMO) aspect of that larger betrayal. So I honestly didn't understand why the issue seemed to carry such weight for you.

So, if you are not guilty of infidelity and bear no real personal resposibility with regard to it, because you act under compulsion, can you be responsible for positive things either?

In my opinion, no. Not unless you do something that "goes beyond the call of duty," to employ a cliche. But that's where your point about "space for independent action" comes in -- to the degree that the characters operated in that space, they could be heroic. (Or not, as the case may be.)

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