Jacob Zuma andTiger Woods – what do these men have in common? Some would say – an addiction to sex.
Both Mark and Ros have posted about it (see below). And then there’s the John Terry story currently occupying much of Britain.
A theme that has appeared in this latest rash of high profile cases is the issue of leadership and morality.
Nora posted on this blog:
Why put a golfer and a politician in the same spotlight? What is a Tiger Woods indiscretion going to cost us? He isn’t preparing to host the Olympics or approving a shoot to kill order to police.
Do our leaders – politicians, heads of state, sports personalities – need to lead by example? Who sets the moral benchmarks?
Christian Democrat the Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says South African President Jacob Zuma is a “sex addict” and should go into rehab like Tiger Woods.
Mr Zuma – who has three wives – has just fathered his 20th child with various wives and girlfriends.
Below is a post we wrote a couple of weeks ago on addiction…
Is sex addiction real ?
Tiger Woods – remember him? He’s been pictured for the first time since the scandal over his private life exploded.
The photo appears to corroborate reports that the golfer is being treated for a sex addiction at a clinic in Mississippi.
But, hang on, says this columnist and author writing in a UK newspaper before the Tiger story - is labelling cheating on your partner an ‘addiction’ just “shifting the blame”?
There are some sceptics who question whether you really can be addicted, ie completely lose your self-control, to substances like heroin or alcohol - although it’s fair to say that’s a minority view.
But all of these things are now also classed as addictions and people get treatment for them. On another BBC phone-in on this topic this morning, one contributor stated – ”the internet is like crack cocaine“.
Can it be comparable? Or is finding a medical excuse for bad habits merely surrendering responsibility for our actions?