I do a lot of the talking, well, writing! on this blog. But I love to read what you are thinking and have to say. And here’s an issue that has been puzzling me a bit recently…
First, we had the fall of Tiger Woods with the revelations of his girl friends on the side. Tiger was a personality that appeared squeaky clean, highly admired, looked up to by tens of millions of people around the world and seemingly above all the mire and morass so many other famous figures often get tripped up by. But then trouble happened for Tiger too. His ability to earn hundreds of millions of dollars for this highly polished image vanished overnight. I’m not picking on Tiger. As many have argued, he’s human like the rest of us. And that’s not my point really. He has legitimately inspired thousands of golfers with new possibilities for their game.
What caught my attention was when Toyota suddenly went from a similar position Tiger had occupied in the public’s mind of a highly respected institution to suddenly being assaulted with relentless bad publicity. With Tiger, it was about unfaithfulness in his marriage. With Toyota, well, it was about unfaithfulness too…in the corporate giant’s case, of failure to fix its faulty gas pedals before dozens of drivers died from cars speeding out of control.
Two monumental giants fallen from grace overnight and near the same time.
What is going on here? What is the spiritual lesson? Will another giant fall soon, or can a moral/spiritual lesson be learned to prevent it?
Is it about valuing faithfulness, faithfulness to one’s wife, to one’s customers…?
Is it about the public not putting people up on impossible pedestals to maintain in the first place?
Is it about more transparent honesty and integrity?
What is the larger lesson for society? For you and me…?
I’m curious what you have to say.
What do you think? Or have you thought about it?