Yesterday, I wrote about helping a lost dog and how working together with a complete stranger to assure his safety gave me faith in humanity. It was such a lovely experience for me, and when the dog’s owner showed up, my heart was full.
Well, after Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey last night, my full heart became a little less empty. His interview was a harsh reality that there really are complete idiots in this world. I feel like I had the wool pulled over my eyes, because until last night, I refused to believe the allegations. I loved Lance Armstrong and his ability to not only overcome the obstacles in his life, but to excel beyond all wildest dreams in doing so. I am sure the rest of the world feels the same way, and I just feel so let down by this liar who I once believed was a true hero.
I updated my status on Facebook last night to reflect my sentiments about my faith in humanity being destroyed after the happy dog experience, and one friend wrote the most intellectual and beautiful comment:
Why would Lance Armstrong destroy that? NOTHING that loser does can take away from what those ordinary people did when they heroically saved that dog. In fact, it makes it even better — it is the ordinary, every day dog savers that show us we can ALL be heroes. Yes, us dime-a-dozen nobodies are AMAZING and those who lie and cheat to get fame and glory show us how stupid the pursuit of fame and glory are. Lance Armstrong is a narcissistic sociopath — never liked him anyway. Honestly, he appeals to our most shallow selves.
Is that true? Did Armstrong really appeal to my most shallow self? Do I really have a need to see people being rewarded for their actions instead of just being satisfied with that “full heart” feeling I unarguably felt just hours prior to that awful interview? What is it in our society that gives us the need to create heroes and see their recognition?
My friend is right. We are adding to the societal need for hero-worship and fame when we make them larger than life. This behavior could only lead to superficial needs to strive for fame as opposed to doing good for the honest reason of what’s in your heart.
So, the moral of the story is that we, as a society, should really stop putting our self-proclaimed “heroes” in the category of idol worship. Sports heroes and actors who make millions of dollars for filming movies should not be heroes just because they are successful. It leads to unfortunate and dishonest behavior.
Also from that Facebook thread, another friend suggested that “Tell Me Lies” by Fleetwood Mac should be my song of the day today. I couldn’t agree more, because Lance Armstrong is a big fat liar. What a horrible thing to write, but it is the reality of this situation. So, click HERE to hear the song on Youtube., and I’m off to go stop and appreciate our everyday heroes who make me feel proud to be a part of the human race. High fives to all of those people! You really do still continue to give me faith in humanity.