There certainly is no shortage of scandal these days. Just to name a few: Wall Streeter Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and fictitious stock trades. Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s U.S. Senate seat (not to mention U.S. Senator Burris). UBS’ offshore criminal private banking services. Corporate “leaders'” irresponsible spending of U.S. Government (American taxpayer) bailout funds. Celebrity-wanna-be Octomom’s multiple selfish acts. Hip-hop star Chris Brown’s physical beating of girlfriend and fellow hip-hop star Rihanna (not to mention the LAPD photo leak probe). NBA All-Star and ESPN sports commentator Charles Barkley’s DWI tagging. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps’ marijuana bong hoovering. Baseball All-Star and MVP A-Rod’s admittance to using MLB banned performance-enhancing drugs. I said I’d just name a few.
Certainly a lot of “ought nots” and moral outrage going around, and rightfully so. However, it’s easy to get swept up in all the hoopla and hullabaloo and not do the very thing these things should prompt us to do. After all, what is the point of all of our hubbub over the oodles of scandals? I really hope we’re not just finding some sick and demented enjoyment in the failure of others. Instead, I hope we’re devoting such volumes of ink, cyberspace and air-time to seek and deliver justice and promote peace. And, something more…
I hope we’re investing sufficient and quality time and thought to learn from the errors of others, and examine errors of our own. Would such an exercise not make us and the world a little more how it ought to be? Will we ignore the teachings these scandals offer and cast them off as not our problem? I hope not. Last time I checked, we’re all in this thing we call “life” together. We have so much to gain individually and collectively from some self-examination and self-improvement. I know I do.
*Origin of Discursion: This one is mostly self explanatory – the news and moral outrage on the metro.