Even though Armstrong was insistent on maintaining a big lie as part of his public persona, that doesn't mean that everything he said when shaking hands with somebody was a lie. It doesn't erase whatever gold medals kids were inspired to win after they heard Armstrong give a speech about beating cancer.
Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who works many years in palliative care, has compiled a list of the top five regrets dying patients would express to her. What would you regret? This and more in the latest headlines in religion and death.
The conundrum is how much it matters that someone who has done such real good for real people is now revealed to have built much of his achievement and image on a foundation of deception, cheating and lies.
Lance Armstrong may have pulled a fast one (or seven) on us, and Manti Te'o may be the weirdest liar in the history of sports, but please don't fret: You can trust your sports heroes.
Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in an upcoming movie that will be titled Happy Valley.
I wonder how often our children interpret our effort to encourage them as an implicit instruction to do "whatever it takes" to rise to the top. While we are thinking, "Spend more time studying," they may be hearing, "If cheating is what it takes, then so be it."
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.