The Corner

“Too Much”

I’m getting a some grief from people for asserting that Bennett gambled “too much.” I’m certainly open to the possibility that he hasn’t gambled too much. We don’t have enough data to be sure. But from the evidence available and given the context, I think he gambled too much. Is my conclusion subjective? Absolutely. But suffice it to say, if this exposé had revealed he gambled $80,000 or $800 no one would care — just more proof that it’s not the activity itself which is all that sinful but the amount of it. Few major sins have such a quantitative aspect. We don’t say “Sure, he cheated on his wife but with only one woman.” Or, “Yeah, he’s a murderer, but he only murdered a littled bit.” Bennett’s alcohol analogy works perfectly. No one would care if Bennett had an occassional martini (he does), they would care if he ended up on a park bench every night (he doesn’t).

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