[GSMITHBOOK] Tiger Wood could easily have committed hari kari to escape the media and blogospheric stoning he received when his serial adultery was uncovered in a leaked text message back in late fall of 2009. Led me to thinking about adultery and divorce on a whole other level and I wondered whether heightened consequences for married folks who step out on their spouses might reduce the divorce rates in the world? I mean, as it stands, adultery is still a crime in New York penal law 255.17, I’ve heard although I have not confirmed this. It is not a law that is enforced, obviously because I’ve never heard of any adultery arrests or trials taking place, wonder why? (and of course if it’s been abolished and I missed the news, please feel free to correct me. But I believe it’s still on the books though not enforced).
So, anyway, when Tiger Woods’ mom stated a few days ago, last week that he “didn’t commit a crime” I guess it depends on how she looks at it, and it depends on where he lives. Cause technically, that is or could easily have been a crime in some places. And the penalty? Well, in some countries, and places it’s pretty dire. For example, even though Iran officially outlawed stoning for adultery in 2002, as recently as 2007 a woman was on the stoning block for her adultery crimes in Tehran. Read the chilling account of the couple who were convicted of adultery in Iran. The man was executed and the woman was due to be stoned to death. There was all this international pressure to stop the barbaric practice but I am not sure what her end was. Check out the story here.
There are other stories coming out of places like Sudan of stoning for adultery. Actually, it seems Islam allows this sort of thing. And the way they do it, these barbaric god-fearers who do this sort of thing, is they put the person in dirt up to their necks and then they get spectators and stoners to come in and the stoners choose stones that are big enough to hurt like heck but not big enough to kill at first impact. So it will take a few stones to take the person out – a slow death is what they are after So that way they these moral folks really get to tear up a person’s entire head by the time the adulterer dies from the pelting of the stones. In the minds of the stoners, this is justice. This makes everything right again. (Oh, and btw, only those who are without fault actually get to cast the stones, so it’s very democratic, very sacred.)
So then I thought, hme…if adultery’s still a crime here in New York, what if the penalty was forced hari kari or, even better stoning? Would that stem the divorce rate you think? Yes, I know. I have a twisted sense of humor. Actually this is not even funny. I’m being sort of sarcastic. I personally felt that the Woods situation was so overdone and it was almost as if people wanted Tiger Woods to be stoned to death, or even better force him to do a samurai type hari kari (seppuku*) thingy on himself. These same people were totally silent about John Edwards, btw. Wuddn’t that weird?
But should adulterers get the death penalty in the form of stoning or hari kiri even if the stoning is merely metaphorical? That would probably reduce the divorce rate pretty tremendously, don’t you think?
* Seppuku or Hari Kari per Wikipedia:
Seppuku (???, “stomach-cutting”) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai honor code, seppuku was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies, as a form of capital punishment for samurai who have committed serious offenses, and for reasons that shamed them. Seppuku is performed by plunging a sword into the abdomen and moving the sword left to right in a slicing motion. The practice of committing seppuku at the death of one’s master, known as oibara (?? or ???, the kun’yomi or Japanese reading) or tsuifuku (??, the on’yomi or Chinese reading), follows a similar ritual.