Listening to the account of Placido Domingo, the opera singer, explain that he grew up in an era where the seductions he was attempting with his co-stars in various opera companies were common, I felt an unexpected sympathy. Today, Domingo admitted, they are unacceptable; however, they used to be. (Such moves are also a staple of the plots of operas in which he and his co-stars are performing.) We are judging by today's criteria what in some cases Domingo did ten or twenty years ago, when other standards held. That is called presentism. Moreover, Domingo was formed as a personality in a different age. Is it fair to expect him at 78 to act like a socially conscious 40 or 30 year old? While generally supportive of the current mores, I think a certain degree of tolerance ought to obtain and an ironic understanding accorded in some cases. All values are relative.