February 12, 2016

Humility

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks like this. Humility is a virtue with which far too many people are unfamiliar.  Cam Newton's just one example of someone not handling defeat well. The same for success. Sure, he handed game balls to kids. But he also gloated.

Perhaps maturity can only come with life experience. Perhaps it can only come with defeat. In that respect, perhaps Cam Newton will emerge an even better NFL star from this.

But Cam Newton is not the problem.  The problem is a culture of bling. The problem is a coarse society that does not respect its elders' experiential knowledge, or does not respect grace.  A culture has issues when winning replaces civility and honesty and hard work.  Winning is, or should be, a result of doing those other things and possessing those virtuous qualities. Even then, not always.  When winning becomes the only goal, you get short cuts, you get cheating, you get winners who do not have the experience of hard work to get there.  That sews the seeds of eventual defeat - for individuals, and for nations. Wait and see.

At least, that's just my humble opinion.

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