During lunch, ESPN’s SportsCenter was running on the TV at Davanni’s. Amongst the headlines was all the talk of Lance Armstrong stepping down from the LiveStrong charity, and other consequences of his doping scandal.
It doesn’t surprise me when the mighty fall. I know we are all human and all fallible, in spite of the fact that our media expect us to be shocked when a “celebrity” makes a mistake. What does surprise me though, in an instance like this, is that he committed a crime that he’d seen many other athletes get caught in, and the destruction it wreaked on their lives. So, why did he think he was the exception?
The idea that “the other guy got caught but I won’t” seems to be a common human foible, which I would not readily understand were it not for my awareness that belief in human inequality only ever leads to destruction. To believe oneself to be “better” than the next guy, immune to the laws of society, is almost like asking to be caught. To fully comprehend what equality truly means breeds humility, and is perhaps the best antidote to hubris.