I have been a huge NFL lover for years – this year the union dispute with alternative ref’s made watching football painful and not enjoyable; however, who knew that I would sit in awe with my jaw dropped and mouth wide-opened that the NFL Commissioner and the KC Chief’s staff and ownership would play the game today after such a horrific tragedy.
It was more important to “do what we do” per Coach Romeo than to stop and realize that Domestic Violence is real…it is potentially in your neighbor’s home, your friend’s home, your family member’s home and to sweep it aside to play a football game is beyond appalling.
The NFL just established that sports is more important than someone (man, woman or child) being harmed or threatened by another person (mentally ill or not)…where were the Ethics of the NFL?
Can we say that the NFL is an organization of integrity, morality and ethical behavior now? I think not.
What is it that drives us to do the things we do? How can we get so off course in our lives that we rationalize and justify the absurdity of a lie or half-truth?
I took a phone call yesterday where a seasoned professional in the business world actually asked me to embellish my resume – he wanted me to change words to untruths – I finally, after about 5 minutes of conversation on the phone explaining I was not going to make up information and that my ethics and integrity would not allow such behavior – I had to say, No, I absolutely am not going to say what is not true and I don’t think your client is the kind of client I want to be associated with in the future.
After I hung up the phone I was literally dumbfounded – did that really just happen? Do we (as a people) have a moral compass left? Did our lack of integrity and conscience get so lost in our effort to “climb the corporate ladder” that we just forgot how to complete the most valuable of tasks? It is simple – tell the truth?
I have said many times in my life that history teaches us how to behave, act and live in a more ethical and conscience manner if we pay attention. So I went back to my college literature books and I found my favorite oration given my Ralph Waldo Emerson to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge on August 31, 1837 and I found this specific line so befitting our world today:
“In the right state he is Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or still worse, the parrot of other men’s thinking.”
Today I attended church service and ironically, the sermon, focused heavily on losing focus in our country regarding ethics, integrity, etc.
Historically, countries, companies, teams and families all suffer hardship when choosing the ethical path, when following their conscience; thus my side note on this blog appears to hold true – sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always popular.
I challenge everyone to step-up and choose the ethical path…it will not be an easy walk…but it will yield the highest end reward.