In recent weeks we have seen both widespread appreciation for cycling as a solution to problems ranging from climate chaos to congestion and health, as well as a potential wedge issue for politicians running against Bloomberg's record as they run for office.
It seems like an open season on liars these days, with so many of them shot down and exposed by the media -- and often by postings on the social media...
As we get older, it becomes clear how cheaters do, in fact, sometimes win. Quite often, they win big and fall to a horrible disgrace when the truth is revealed about their compromised victories.
Power shift. Boston College now rules the hockey roost in Beantown, not Boston University. B.C. won the Beanpot Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Just because your brand has equity which has been built up over a long period of time, this does not mean its reputation is safe. Reputation can be tarnished in the blink of an eye, often to the point of no return.
Even as I've been trying to live justly I was cynically dismissing (judging) Lance Armstrong as a manipulative scoundrel. I even voiced my harsh negative opinion to others but not once had forgiveness even entered into the equation of my conversation.
If we refuse to see what Lance did, and what everyone else does who craves the rewards of celebrity adulation, as a reflection of our own misguided longing, then we are the real dopes.
I believe in comebacks and I believe in forgiveness, but they can't happen in the absence of humility, empathy, and genuine remorse. Lance Armstrong has yet to demonstrate any of those things.
My generation has been programed to expect the worst from our heroes. Tiger, Weiner, A-Rod, Spitzer, Favre and Edwards all taught us that underneath that amazing golf swing, or that seemingly flawless head of hair, is the capacity to disappoint.
I hope that my children and grandchildren find heroes -- of all kinds -- they can relate to (warts and all), but I also hope that they will be able to distinguish between them.
The masses are taking shots at reviled cyclist Lance Armstrong. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, that's your business. Although if you do, you're falling into the same trap that he did.
From a psychiatrist's perspective there is something missing from the conversation, something that limits understanding.
The Oprah Winfrey Network is not only about Oprah, but she is the foundation. When a foundation does not do what it is designed to do -- provide support and structure -- the house can not stand.
Quietly going about one's business -- putting in time as an IRS agent, serving in the army, working toward winning the Heisman or performing small acts of kindness for their own sake -- is a noble and satisfying pursuit. Far easier said than done, but surely not impossible.
It may sound like strong-arming to prevent your child from Armstrong-ing, but what you are doing is teaching your child real-life skills.
History has a way of forgiving some who have lied in exchange for the greater good. When and if this happens then is it possible that Armstrong's alleged indiscretions may be seen as stepping stones to the future of sports and human potential?