Living like Lance

We are outraged when one of our sports heroes behaves in a way that is unbecoming to the title of “hero”.  We are also incensed when a member of the clergy or the police force commits a crime against children or a member of the public.  It appears that we place some people on a pedestal based on their title or vocation and then expect them to behave perfectly every time.

Have you ever stopped to consider that a title or a vocation are nothing more than words we attach to people?  When you take away the title or the vocation, you are left with what really matters, a human being.  We are all aware of the variety of behaviours that humans exhibit, both outstanding and questionable. Our sports people, our clergy and our police officers are just people and they bring their values, ethics and morals to their role, just like you do.  Most times, these people stay true to and uphold the values we expect of their title. Sadly, sometimes they just behave as their miserable, unethical selves with little regard for others.

I suspect that those people we admire who behave inappropriately would do so no matter what their title or vocation.  The corrupt sports person would most probably be a corrupt cleaner or manager – that’s who they are as human beings.  I also imagine that, if given a second chance, the story would play out exactly the same as people will usually act in ways that serve themselves. The person who has no integrity does not suddenly find some and change the way they behave.

The next time that someone you know behaves in a way that misrepresents their title as friend, manager, team mate, teacher, doctor etc, remember this:

1  This is who they are as a human being, their title is just a word

2  If you can, walk away because you don’t need them in your life

3  If you can’t walk away, see them for the fraud they are and know that karma is a wonderful thing!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nakedleadership
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 00:52:31

    GREAT POINT. People are people. The best each of us can do is to be mindful of ourselves, our actions and how they affect others. We must also avoid assuming that someone’s title or position make them infallible. There is no such human.


  2. Nathan
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 01:32:59

    “The truth is that there are no good men, or bad men,’ he said. ‘It is the deeds that have goodness or badness in them. There are good deeds, and bad deeds. Men are just men – it is what they do, or refuse to do, that links them to good and evil” – Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram


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