I was just reading the latest article about Alex Rodriguez, the professional baseball player currently suspended for using performance-enhancement drugs. What a circus that has turned into. Listen, I am a baseball purist, so naturally I am all for the suspension….but….here’s the thing. In today’s society, this sort of thing seems to happen all the time, and I’m not just talking about sports.
We constantly see people stretch the moral limits to gain an advantage. Business is filled with examples of this type of behavior. We heap praise on those who succeed. We idolize those who reach the peak of their profession. We give tacit approval for success, no matter what the cost of that success. We have our false heroes and we place them on pedestals and then we recoil in horror when we find out they are only human.
Instead of our daily witch hunts in the media, perhaps society needs to look in the mirror and ask why we demand perfection from others when we are incapable of giving it ourselves.
I know for a fact that I have been guilty of this in the past. I have stretched rules and cut corners to give myself an advantage over the competition. I don’t think I am alone in saying that. Does that make me normal or dysfunctional?
Just something to think about. Have a great weekend.