Once we embrace others' decisions as our own, such as by joining a political party or buying into a product or customer experience, we must keep up with every development or risk a widening gap between expectations and reality. Let me give you an example from European politics.
Hungary's elected Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, is in the news for saying in private what he couldn't say in public. His real thoughts are now out in the open, and the people who voted for him are upset with his honesty.
"We repeated and repeated that you can be richer, fulfil your dreams, and we can give you happiness and fortune as a gift. This is a real lie. For the last 15 years, none of us were brave enough to initiate deep reform. We wanted to avoid painful measures and always found excuses not to act. That's the real lie." He says now he is the first politician brave enough to admit his mistakes.
BBS News story
UPDATE 9/25: To Americans, it's about the pie.