For many years I have boycotted Coors beer because of the public political views of its founder, Adolph Coors. I'm quite sure neither Coors nor his business has suffered from my lack of patronage but I feel good about my decision. So far, so good.
One of my favorite filmmakers is Woody Allen. Some of you may recall that while he was still married to Mia Farrow, Allen took up with and later married a girl they had jointly adopted. It's not an over-statement to say I was disgusted by his behavior. Even after reading Allen's public explanations, I was not mollified. Now, here's the rub: I have never missed a single one of Woody Allen's subsequent movies. Again, my patronage has had zero effect on Allen's life, art or bank balance.
I've found myself in this position many times. Some would call it inconsistency. The current euphemism might term it a "dis-connect". Depending on the day, I have used either of those words to rationalize my behavior. Today it feels like a word that can haunt me - hypocrisy. Your thoughts? Your experiences with similar "dis-connects"? Your strategies?