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?
I spotted a huge "teaching moment" while listening to Lance Armstrong's controversial confessions to Oprah the other night.
Our faculty spend endless hours searching for ways to teach today's college students about honor and integrity, about the importance of embracing an honor system that abhors lying, cheating and stealing. Armstrong is the latest poster boy for dishonorable behavior.
Lance now has the opportunity to become a powerful advocate for change. For all his faults, he has been a tremendous leader in the fight against cancer. He's not a despicable person and I'd love to see him channel his positive energy into a new cause.
If Lance Armstrong truly wants to reinvent himself -- with any hope of rebuilding public trust in the process -- this time he needs to apply himself to a worthy cause while demonstrating he's motivated by something beyond self-interest.
As the world watched Lance Armstrong finally admit that he had repeatedly used banned substances to fuel his unparalleled Tour de France wins, many were left with a pervasive, nagging, "Why?"
If you wonder what the deal with Lance is about, just look back at those bank CEOs, and what they did to millions of people. They cheated, they got outed, they got caught, and then they tried to pretend that they were victims.
As I watched Armstrong confess his sins, I saw a child of divorce.
The stakes are higher now than most people realize because this latest fall from grace further deteriorates belief in the American Dream.