Episode #29: Pat Robertson

Travis and Matthew discuss the recent comment of Pat Robertson about divorce.   Along the way they discuss culture, marriage, devotion, and sacrifice.

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    The story of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte is about a man called Rochester whose mad wife he houses locked away in the top floor of his large house.  The drama of the story is in the thus married Rochester meeting Jane and wanting to marry her and enjoy love and companionship again.  This sets up the dramatic tension.  The novel is looked up as a study about the dilemma it sets up, at a time when there was little redress for Rochester via divorce or via institutionalising his wife. The novel makes much of the value of romantic love and of the impediment in the way of its fulfilment between Rochester and Jane.  It works as a novel, but in real life, in the case of Pat Robertson, it comes in for criticism. Romanticism in literature, the genre to which ‘Jane Eyre’ belongs as a novel, dwells upon the individual as hero. Byron’s moody, obsessive and spiritually-burdened ‘Manfred’ is the epitome. This idea of the individual as hero is still with us, in some sort of sense we tend to perceive ourselves as the Romantic hero in our own life. Especially in the Western world. This allows us to take as given the idea that we have rights as individuals – to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the philosophy behind the Romantic idea of man and woman as individual.  Jane Eyre just could not have been conceived and written before 1750.  

    Matthew’s and Travis’s discussion on arranged marriages puts in the spotlight the difference in attitude between East and West in these regards.  And I think it shows up the illusory nature of the West’s Romantic vision of love and marriage when set against its contemporaneous hard headed business culture where no quarter is entertained for sentiment of any kind.  The hypocrisy is apparent.  The self-centredness is apparent.  The smug attitude that Charity (and Romantic Individualism) begins and ends at home is exposed.

    As for Pat Robertson and his dilemma, I guess he should accept that he has a duty under God to look after his wife and not to beef about it, and is not play the Romantic Hero in public