Friday, January 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong

Like all of us Lance Armstrong is a flawed human being. For a long time (as he has now admitted) he allowed his integrity to be compromised and then lied about.

He not only violated and dishonored the rules, values and standards that govern his profession, but more importantly, he failed to steadfastly adhere to the fundamental principle that defines what it means to be a moral creature. He allowed his wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of others.

Unlike many of us who have not yet been forced to face our flaws, Lance has, at last, begun the process of self-awareness, of confronting who he is and the consequences of his actions.

Personally, I wish him well.

Those of us who desire to judge him, to sanctimoniously throw stones, I humbly offer the following advice: Our day of reckoning may be just around the bend. Our condemnation of Lance, no matter how strident or vociferous, will never conceal our own transgressions from others or ourselves.

So, do unto Lance, as you would have him do unto you. Love, compassion and understanding are far healthier attributes to manifest than contempt, arrogance, anger, hostility or smug self-righteousness.


Stickup Artist said...

Having been a long distance cyclist myself, it is common knowledge in the sport that they all use performance enhancing drugs. It's rampant. The Tour de France especially is so ridiculously grueling, no one could ride it without them is the general consensus. Perhaps some do, but they are not in contention by any means. I am not shocked by the drug usage as I've known about it for years. I do take issue with all the lives he ruined along the way. But, I do see your attitude is the right one. Though those he caused personal harm towards will never forgive him. He is paying the price.

mythopolis said...

I mostly feel for those who tried to do it clean but went unrecognized because of Lance or any others. It remains to be seen whether he will return any/all of the millions invested in him, or like the Wall St bankers, take his 15 minutes of shame before Congress and then walk out with millions of stimulus money bonuses in their pockets.