We as a society have agreed that traditional institutions are morally bankrupt. Churches are full of hypocrites, the media is lying to us, politicians can't be trusted and objective morality is a sign of bigotry. Everyone should be able to decide right and wrong for themselves. To quote our president, "Sin is when I'm out of alignment with my values" or something close to that, emphasis mine.
Of course he did. We coached him to do just that. When we raised him to "Question Everything," we forfeited the concept of common mores and respect for conventional social structures. While lots of people are up in arms about what he did, none of them can say why, in an objective sense, it was wrong. Snowden wasn't out of alignment with his values, ergo, according to the most powerful person in the world, what he did wasn't a sin.
What the outraged, shocked gaspers in politics and media don't get is that Snowden is a symptom of the disease they themselves helped us contract. If all morality is relative and all values personal, why should you expect anyone to place any limits on their behavior at all?
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In a way, Snowden acted out his own multicultural morality play. We like to associate multiculti with races, religions and sexual orientations, but that's an arbitrary limit that exists only in the minds of the academics. Culture is much broader than melanin and who you want to sleep with. It includes political leanings as well. Multiculti has taught our young-uns that everything is groovy.
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