As I posted earlier, one of the things that I really dislike about humans is their tendency to accept bad news at face value, while refusing to believe facts, no matter how often or how well they’re presented. It’s as if humans are genetically engineered to find every way possible to put down the “competition”. I suppose that a social species might have good reason to do that, after all, if you’re not the lead dog, your view isn’t all that pleasant.
I don’t know whether Lance Armstrong is guilty of doping, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Someone I know and trust has put forth a pretty good argument that he did what he’s accused of doing, but that’s not the point. The issue, to me at least, is this “automatic” acceptance of the accusation being a fact by so many people. Oddly enough, his earlier supporters are now his most vocal detractors, since he’s decided the battle just isn’t worth fighting anymore.
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement released on his website. “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense.”
I don’t know about you, but I can certainly understand his attitude. It reminds me of how Obama must feel every time someone says the words “birth certificate”. At some point you just want to push it aside and get it over with. People who hate you will never let up, and a person only has so much energy to use. Sometimes it’s better to use that energy on more important things, like living.
Source: Houston Chronicle