Lance Armstrong target of "hypocritical critics"
Lance Armstrong 'fessing up to Oprah that he popped performance enhancing drugs, after years of very aggressive denials?
Thanks to a mountain of evidence against the disgraced cyclist, it was about as shocking as if O.J. finally admitted to being in on his ex-wife's murder.
Also from the 'no surprise' department, the many post-Oprah critics who are piling on Armstrong.
"It's not so much the drugs that bother me," tut-tut the Lance bashers, "It's the fact that he lied through his teeth about it."
But let he (or she) who has no sins be the first to shove a stick in Armstrong's spokes.....or fancy-sounding biblical words to that effect.
The fact is, lots of people lie. Maybe not on as big a stage as Lance Armstrong, but ordinary Joe's and Jo-Ann's can be guilty of some major fibs, too. Cheating on a spouse, lying about our sexual preference, or stealing from the company we work at.....all examples of some pretty serious stuff.
So why don't people act like the anti-Armstrong and simply tell the truth?
Well, let's examine our own feelings whenever we've been guilty of telling a big whopper.
• Fear of being discovered, letting down the people around us, and losing everything we've built with help from that tool chest of lies.
• Embarrassment that comes when our deceit is finally exposed.
• The blow to our ego that occurs when our lies are uncovered.
Fear, embarrassment, ego.....all very human emotions that are universal to most of us, whether we're a 7-time Tour de France champ, a broadcasting chump, or whatever your personal gig.
Another human factor in the fall of Lance Armstrong is the old "best quality-worst quality" philosophy.
Lance Armstrong's best quality? His "win at all costs" mentality that helped him beat cancer. Lance Armstrong's worst quality? You got it.....his "win at all costs" mentality that led to his downfall. By the way, when working this formula on yourself, it's amazing how it falls into place. (As long as you're being honest and introspective, of course. "My best quality? I'm ruggedly handsome! My worst quality? Why, I'm ruggedly handsome!" That just doesn't cut it.)
To make it clear, I certainly don't condone Armstrong's behaviour; especially the now-laughable rants against his accusers. I also don't believe he deserves a second chance at competing in cycling or any other organized sport, such as the big-time triathlons he's recently taken part in. However, I'm not comfortable with some critics who've branded Armstrong a "psychopath" for lying in such a chilling way about his cheating.
Instead, I prefer to think of Lance Armstrong as a cyclist and, yes, a human being who messed up in a major way and now has to face the music.
The same kind of sad song that a lot of people recognize as we follow our own paths.