Cultural Learnings for Make Benefit Greater Goethe

I've lived in this new neighborhood for five years and all that time I've been puzzled by the local politics. There are a couple of people in the neighborhood association who part of the time act like scoundrels. They lie and cheat and not in the subtle ways of politicians, but on the record, in really clumsy public ways. That's not the puzzling part. They're just hapless and unreflective and they're doing it for political power and money.
But the rest of the neighborhood seemed not to react to it. That was puzzling. The rest of the people are polite, even courtly, and they were behaving themselves. But no one said word one about these bad actors.
Had I stumbled into a morality-free zone, the only one I've found in my experience of all levels of society in Manhattan, Salina, Kansas, New England farm community, Switzerland, Nepal, the French Riviera, Seattle, etc.?
This morning at 4am I realized it's not the moral judgment they're ducking. They think these guys are doing wrong. It's the open conflict that they avoid!
Okay, cool.
Next question, how do they deal with bad actors? They must have some normative or coercive sump'n.
I hope I don't have to wait another five years to learn that.

1 comment:

Jennie said...

Thanks for your patience with us!

And yes, we do need a lil sump'n sump'n.

Any suggestions???