A few days ago, while driving to work, I was listening to my favorite local talk show (I won't name it here, since it's not always safe for listeners under 18 to be hearing) and they were discussing a seemingly common social dilemma. A listener wrote in, explaining her situation: she had performed an action many years ago that was debatable up to this day regarding its morality and acceptance in our society, and her partner, upon discovering her history, had left her. He was on the side that believed that her certain act was "wrong," and he was totally against it; their separation had nothing to do with any specific problems between the couple. So that raised a difficult question: Should someone's past be the basis of our present judgment of them? In other words, do we let what they did back then affect how we think or behave towards them? How fair is it for a person on Team A to throw away what they have with someone when they discover that a person used to be on Team B? Keep in mind, this action would have happened before you ever met this person.
Before I dive into my answer, I'll wait a few days to give you readers a chance to explore and respond...I'm really curious in seeing what we have on the table so far before I bring my entree. So what do you guys think?