Reader’s response to latest Lance Armstrong doping accusations reflects the new societal mediocrity that plagues this country
“Not sure, I think people just hate a winner these days.
Everyone should get a blue ribbon and we are all good at everything, no winner no loser just everyone doing the best they are able to do.
That happened at my son’s school science fair, the first year he spent four solid days on his project and got the same ribbon as the kid who brought a house plant, the next year he made it up the morning of the science fair and got the same ribbon as the year before. All he learned was “Why bother?”
When was the last time Mr. Armstrong was in a race? I think it has been years and yet people are still trying to prove that he couldn’t be any better than anyone else unless he cheated. Really? We are not all equal in ability, some people can pick things up and put them down and some people can split Atoms, these talents are not interchangeable.”
The above is the response from one reader to my question on Facebook “why does Lance Armstrong always seem to be a target of an investigation?”
As a writer I really appreciate the focus of the observation as it seems to at once hit on both the specific question as well as opening up the discussion to a much larger issue of what I call societal mediocrity.
What is societal mediocrity?
To me it is tantamount to performance communism which seeks to level the playing field were one does not (and should not) exist.
Sadly, you see this insidious form of discrimination everywhere today, from the current student loan crisis which provided access to a University education whether one was warranted academically or not, to the country’s school yards and classrooms where everyone is applauded for accomplishing either the expected or mundane.
We do indeed live in the age of entitlement where determination and personal gumption are frowned upon as being opportunistic and self-serving.
It is as if society as a whole, which seems to make the attainment of the good life through wanton consumerism a main priority, seeks to justify its own lethargic work ethic by tearing down those who excel.
In my day, fair play was ensuring that the same rules applied to everyone and not the same result. In today’s neutered America, the new axiom appears to be “aspire to greatness, just as long as you don’t offend anyone in the process.”
Regarding Lance Armstrong’s latest trials I have to admit that with the earlier investigations I was open to the possibility that perhaps there may be something amiss. After all professional athlete doping seemed to be the norm with sporting world icons such as a Barry Bonds Jr. and Tom Clemens being caught with their hand in the proverbial drug cookie jar.
However, as time has passed and earlier investigations involving Armstrong came up negative, I cannot help but view the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s charges in the context of prosecutorial abuse. It is as if Armstrong is assumed guilty until proven innocent.
The concern that I have is that if you are intent on proving something then you will do everything possible to make it so.
At this stage of the game, and taking into account the result of previous investigations, one has to wonder whether or not the Agency’s findings would or for that matter could be deemed reliable. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that a story broke in which the forensics lab of the FBI was found wanting, resulting in possibly hundreds of wrongful convictions.
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