On Tuesday my Psych class revisited the moral question of $100 (see The Missing Moral Compass post). I didn't get a chance to respond as my prof was trying to get to the point and move on. However, the next question was just as interesting:
"Why do you do nice things for your significant other?" The class answers were "Because you want something in return". I had enough of this and raised my hand.
"Why not do it because you love him?"
My psych prof stopped in his tracks and stared at me. "For love alone? You're kidding, right? You're not kidding. Are you altruistic and would return the $100 lost in the parking lot, too?"
I stated that I would and then waited for the death trap I knew he was laying for me. I even told him I was expecting it. He surprised me instead.
"I admire you. No, I am not kidding. I really admire you."
As Mrs. Man would say, color me surprised. But only for a minute. My prof now wants to meet Mr. Wonderful. He wants to know if I keep Mr. Wonderful drugged and duct-taped in a back room so I can claim how wonderful our marriage is. I've told this to Mr. Wonderful, who is quite keen on coming to my class to hear for himself the outrageous statements of my prof and peers.