Lance Armstrong, Heroes and Horses

21 Jan

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The fall of Lance Armstrong is a not surprising given our culture’s obsession with building our own egos.  If our heroes are real, they will fall, because we are all human.  There is no way way to overcome the cycles of life…in cycling or any other sport.

When winning becomes so important that a person lies, cheats, steals or resorts to violence, then the point has been missed.  Usually spectacularly.  Think Tonya Harding.  There is really only a journey, no destination.  It’s the journey that holds the reward and the gold.  If you miss that, you will never be happy.  I think I will stick with Gandhi as my hero.  And maybe Nancy Drew.

That is why I like horses.  They have no egos.  Well, ponies do.  But that’s another story.  They spend more time eating than building an image for themselves.   In the horse world, there is also drugging and abuse for the sake of human ego.  This problem is rooted in our own minds and how we express ourselves across the canvas of life. What do we value?  Look around at our world and it becomes obvious.

So if you haven’t won the Tour de France, the Kentucky Derby, an Olympic Gold Medal or a golf championship of any kind,  be happy today.  Those are goals that bring 15 minutes of fame.  For the other 23 hours and 45 minutes in a day, you will not be famous anyway,  so you might as well have plan B.   Like freeing India from the British or solving the Mystery of the Old Clock.

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4 Responses to “Lance Armstrong, Heroes and Horses”

  1. Erin Hansen Carter January 21, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I love this! Thank you Katie (and Monica).

  2. kirisyko January 21, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Reblogged this on Sykose.

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