Technical wizardry in the recording studio has literally changed the playing field so that, like elite athletes, singers either "digitally dope" to compete in a very competitive arena where perfect vocals are expected, or they risk being seen as sub-par in an industry where "everyone's doing it."
You don't need to win seven consecutive Tour de France competitions in order to get where you need to be. And you don't need to confess your credit sins to Oprah. By being truthful with yourself, you can create a stable financial life and "live strong."
This afternoon in religion and end-of-life news: More on the Rev. Louie Giglio, Dear Abby, the growth of secularism, a viral video ad of Jewish men looking for shabbat dates, the flu and religion and forgiveness (or not) for Lance Armstrong.
We need to consider when results, whether for cyclists, pitchers, runners, fund managers, or public companies are perhaps too good to be true and how we might look for the signs.
The ESPNs of the world have made "character" an attribute of athletic worthiness every bit as important as how fast someone runs the 40, or how far one can hit a baseball. In the process, the sports media complex has appropriated for itself the mantle of moral arbiter.
Having the courage to admit we've screwed up is one of the hardest things to do. But is simply saying "I was wrong" sufficient? Giving and receiving apologies the right way isn't a matter of etiquette; it's a crucial component of ethical intelligence.
There's a clear causality between our excusing idolization of athletes and our idolized athletes excusing their immoral behavior to protect that hyperinflated status.
What do Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff have in common? Are they a different species from each other and from us? No, they are all too human. Like many of us, they want to be superhuman. The difference? They feel driven and entitled to go for it at any cost.
Saying you are sorry now that the sham has been exposed and documented and admitted, simply isn't enough. At least it's not enough or me.
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It's no longer about his reputation, it's about doing what's right. The question is: Does Lance understand that?
Admitting to use of performance enhancing drugs and subsequently resolving his outstanding legal issues stemming from the allegations against him are necessary steps for Armstrong to re-attract sponsors.
Columnist George Will, who has written a number of excellent books on baseball, once stated that, "Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence." These days, it seems just the opposite.
The story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend is a hoax.
There are no excuses for the level of lying and deception that Armstrong has possibly committed on the people of the world. But he still helped out my friend at a crucial point in his life, like he has for many others in their darkest places, and for that, I'm thankful.
Look at your own life and remember times when you've cheated, lied or done something wrong on whatever level. How did it make you feel, regardless of how small the incident?