I am convinced we have become a society that ponders serious issues without much more than bumper sticker depth. Unfortunately, the supporting evidence is everywhere.
"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." This one tops my list, because so many other equally foolish statements find confirmation here. Does this mean the expense tabs, the debt, the compromises of morality, the memories, and the hotel towels all actually, truly stay there? The Hangover was a morally bankrupt movie, but even Hollywood had the decency to show a little bit of a ripple effect.
The Vegas slogan is a brilliant ad campaign - who wouldn't want a free pass on anything they do for a couple days? The problem is, it's just not true. What would happen if a plaintiff said to the judge, "You know, what happened in my car while I was driving drunk should stay in the car." Or if a skydiver kept muttering, "What happens in the air stays in the air." Uh, no. What happens anywhere happens in real life; it matters. There are no free passes.
"What happens in the privacy of my bedroom is nobody's business," and its close cousin, "Keep the government out of my bedroom."
Let's be honest. What we are really saying is this: "I want to live in a nation where everybody agrees that any sexual action in which we (specifically 'I') engage in privately is okay, and won't have any effect outside of the moment." But that's not true.