‘One of the challenges of our time,’ he said without a hint of self-consciousness, ‘is to re-interpret the Ten Commandments.
‘The Ten Commandments are not the Ten Tentative Suggestions. They were given to us at a time when the great Other of traditional society was a necessity. Since we have now internalized the Other we need to objectify the Commandments again for our time. Each of us, in his or her own way, need to define what the Commandments are, and to what extent we are going to allow them to direct our lives.
‘Because we now have Rights as well as Commandments. And if we take as an example the Right to Privacy we have to admit that it is, in fact, a right to commit adultery, in secret, with no one else watching or knowing about it. That is what we and our politicians mean by a Right to Privacy.
‘So what do we do about the Commandment which forbids adultery?
‘Well, we simply re-write it. From our present standpoint adultery is not wrong, especially if it is committed with sincerity and leads to the ultimate goal of self-realization.
‘This is our world.’