I don't hold much truck with all that psycho-lojee gobbledygook. The weirdest, least-popular kids in my school were children of psychiatrists. In college, the geography department, in which I was a proud and poorly motivated student, shared a building with the psychology department. Those turkeys, besides stinking up the building with their laboratory animals, were the weirdest on campus.
Why should I listen to anyone with psycho in their title or job description? I let my own observations, prejudices, and snap judgements about people inform me about what drives their behavior.
I read somewhere that some psycho-logical (to me, those two words don't fit together) "expert" has suggested (more specifically claimed) that the former head of the IMF must suffer from self-esteem problems. Supposedly, that would explain his widely reported treatment of women--which seems to have a long history, if one can believe what one reads. In cases like this, I do.
I wonder how this formerly esteemed gentleman (and I use the term loosely and ironically) would act if his job were greeter at Walmart: that's an esteemed job! A guy at the top of the financial world and a big number in French politics is constantly having his ego massaged, is wined and dined, and is showered with honors, praise, and gifts. I think the pyscho geniuses got it wrong. My guess is that he does not have a self-esteem problem; he's an arrogant jerk that has been led to believe he can get away with anything.
The land that gave the world the guillotine to rid itself of the aristocracy has turned out to be more elitist than England.
Resident "philosopher" Bernard Levy has complained about the treatment of his friend Strauss-Kahn and allegedly claimed that "Everybody is not everybody" before the law. He feels that there should be two sets of law, one for people like him and one for everyone else. He does not understand the bit in the US about all men being created equal (a lot of Americans also don't get this) and feels that men--especially his kind--should be allowed to molest woman and servants with impunity. Arresting elite men violates rights they enjoy in France.
There have been a number of stories in the media about powerful men being naughty. Powerful men are always being naughty, but the media don’t normally take an interest...especially in Europe. Of course, many seem to claim that the victim was at fault or complicit. If a trial should ever ensue, expensive lawyers always attack the victim and praise the benefits to society that only their client can bestow. Powerful men must be exonerated, and weak victims must be punished. Naturally, such a case would never arise in France, because the weak are not permitted to accuse those in power.
When listening to commentators and reading editorials, I could not help but wonder about all those victims that do not make it into the news. They do not have to worry about powerful or influential friends rallying to the support of perpetrators. They must be concerned only about destroyed lives and recurring nightmares. According to some, these women should be grateful for the attention of such a great man or, if attacked by a nobody, the woman should be grateful for the attention of any man.
In the case of the powerful, other men seem to avoid pointing a finger out of fear of being branded “not one of the boys”, fear of losing access, fear of losing job opportunities, or fear of not being invited into the club, where lavish hospitality is always copious and free. Of course, many are guilty of similar loutish behavior and secretly applaud such antics. After all, men are supposed to act that way, which explains why Berlusconi remains in power for so long.
I’ve heard commentators in the French media complain about harsh treatment in the United States of one of their own, ignoring the fact that they might be complicit in the suffering of many of his victims over the years. Because he felt immune to having his behavior revealed in the French media, perhaps the man felt free to commit the crimes he has been alleged to commit. The sense of entitlement arises out of more than ego. Not surprising, each day reveals new stories about his behavior, which past victims have been afraid to admit.
The United States may have its faults, but at least the weak are permitted to have their day in court, which is hardly possible in France. Still, the weak must be strong...and have a good lawyer...because the tables are turned in a courtroom.
The behavior of these men is difficult for me to understand, because I have never felt the urge to take what was not mine or what was not offered to me...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.