Over and again, the message society is sending our children is that you can make hundreds of millions of dollars, attain power, and achieve world-wide fame through cheating, lying, and fraud -- just make sure that you don’t get caught. If you do, express sincere contrition in a public “confession,” and your embarrassment will be forgiven and eventually forgotten
Former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong is just the latest in a string of public figures, would-be role models that let us all down …
Armstrong admits to doping and is stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins
Beyonce did lip-sync the national anthem at the Presidential inauguration, according to multiple news sources
A Notre Dame football star’s emotional tale of his dying girlfriend was a hoax, she never existed
Due to suspected performance enhancing drugs, no player is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lawmakers in congress accuse each other of dishonesty, and refuse budget compromise for more than 3 years– leading to fiscal debt crisis
Routinely, celebrities get bombed, arrested, and become infamous for drugs and infidelity.
A Michigan supreme court justice resigns, charged with fraud
The former mayor of Detroit leaves office in disgrace, and is jailed
The Detroit police chief resigns in scandal
The Wayne county executive faces allegations of corruption
David Petraeus, the highly decorated four-star general, resigns as CIA Director due to an extra marital sex scandal
Every week there seems to be a new scandal, where a would-be role model betrayed their industry, themselves, and those who look up to them.
According to Dictionary.com, a role model is person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be imitated by others, especially by younger people – we must strive to make sure debauchery isn’t imitated by our children.
Thus, we must tell our children, no, we don’t “all” do it. In our families, we need to stand up and point right from wrong, and insist upon always trying to do the right thing. Being real role models, we can give our future generation a strong ethic to hold their heads up high upon and emulate. The best way to teach character is to show it through example in all we do.