I ask myself this question almost everyday. Why? Because it was the way I was raised. I can still hear the echo of my mother’s voice “…if you don’t behave, you’re going to suffer the consequences…” However, Mother being Mother, she rarely told me (or my siblings) what “the consequences” would be.
So when I read about celebrities, sports figures, politicians, and the like doing stupid things and still come out smelling like a Queen Anne Rose, it makes me wonder. Were their mothers just as vague as mine?
Joe Blundo, a columnist for The Columbus (OH) Dispatch, recently pondered celebrity reputations in “Despite affair, Tiger is already out of the woods,” (December 6, 2009). Although Mr. Blundo’s article focuses on reputations, I believe society has become lax when it comes to consequences and responsibility. A slap on the wrist and million dollar endorsements have become the rule, and consequences the exception to it.
BTW – Anyone read Mr. Blundo’s piece?