Saturday, February 20, 2010

a dangerous lie - Tiger Woods

'role model idolizing'

no one is ever who we think. no parent can ever know his or her child more than the child. no husband or wife can ever know one another more than the individual himself or herself.

to say Tiger Woods 'let us down...he's not who we thought he was...he owes us an apology...he lied to us...he was supposed to be a role model..." is far dangerous than anything Tiger's ever done (perhaps even contracting a disease or STD).

parents are responsible for being their children's role models. false hope lies in idolizing and seeing anyone as perfect or exempt from human error. i feel sympathy for those who placed their all in Tiger as a role model - no one is ever squeaky clean, perfect, or an utmost example.

i adore Tiger for his genius--the world's best golfer--but i would never expect him or any other to be my children's hope in every way.

Tiger's fall shows that he is human, very capable of 'a' worse, and it makes him (in my humble opinion) an even better person---he is not exempt from 'mistake' or even desire. to believe anyone a dangerous outlook.


ArtSparker said...

I loved what Charles Barclay said years ago, about how "I shouldn't be your role model, your Dad should be your role model". I saw the headlines today and just thought "More Bullshit", ie, now we have the public ceremony of the grovelling hero. Admire the talent, be inspired by that...worship should be practiced if you have a religion, and not on human beings, not even ones with perfect symmetrical features who are very, very talented.

Anonymous said...

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.............................................

Celeste Bergin said...

I have it on very good authority that another "huge name" in golf from yesteryear (who has a squeaky clean image) engaged in the same behavior as Tiger Woods. But not many people know this. So what is different? The "news" is different! The yesteryear guy was "protected" (and for another thing...serial cheating wasn't considered "news" then!) I agree with you that Tiger Woods is a fallible human we all are!