Since I leapt to Lance Armstrong’s defense a couple of blogs ago, I should probably comment on the recent unfolding of events.
Yes, I am disappointed in Lance Armstrong …I am disappointed in Lance’s parents…I am disappointed in all the other doped up athletes (ball players, cyclists, olympians) and their parents… I am disappointed in the doctors and coaches who aided in these elaborate deceits and I am disappointed in their parents. I am disappointed in a system and a culture that believes a medal is more important than one’s personal honour. I am disappointed in all the people out there who are only disappointed in Lance for getting caught, and I am disappointed in their parents.
Usually I can blame Disney for many of the psycho-social ills of today's society; but this one I have to assign to Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything… it’s the only thing”. This is wrong on sooo many levels.
Why am I disappointed in the parents? It is up to the parents to teach children live with honour. It is up to parents to teach their children to take pride in doing their best (win or lose). Someone once said, "it isn't whether you win or lose that matters... it is how you play the game!".
Easy rule of thumb for those just getting started on the "high road" (living honourably) is that if you have to hide what you are doing...don't do it. Never do or say anything you can't own with pride and you will live without guilt or regret and your children will follow your example.
Have a joyous day my friends.