On a daily basis, it's hard not to be reminded of how hypocritical and selfish our society has become. The Tiger Woods "scandal" is just another example of how bad our society has become, not because of Tiger's infidelity, but because of how we've responded to it.
The United States is a country that boasts people from all over the world, allows it's citizens to practice whatever religion they choose, and where casino gambling, and pornography are all legal.
It's difficult to find much of anything, that's not illegal, that falls outside our moral compass.
Our country is filled with agencies like the ATF, DEA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, State Police, and others to protect its citizens from the unlawful activities of others.
However, there is no such thing as the "Morality Police," designed to keep people from doing things you don't like, at the local, state, or federal level.
But unfortunately, our country isn't short of critics who tear into anyone who doesn't live like they think they should. There also isn't a shortage of critics who will gladly move a private issue into a public forum just to make a buck.
These critics who feel compelled to outwardly judge the morality of others may as well be throwing a boomerang into the wind, because their hypocrisy will eventually come back and hit them square in the face.
We all do things at some point that we're not proud of, and we invariably supply others with the ammunition to criticize us and how we live our lives.
If so many people feel so compelled to share how appalled they are with Tiger for cheating on his wife, I certainly hope they are willing to outwardly make the same criticism of their next-door neighbor who may be doing the same thing.
Of course, that won't likely happen because people don't care if your neighbor is sleeping around on his wife, just like they don't care if you are. The only reason people think they're entitled to criticizing Tiger is because he's rich and famous.
Are people criticizing Tiger because they're jealous of his success and money? Absolutely.
Do some people just love to throw fuel on the fire in an effort to play a part in the fall of another famous star? Most certainly.
Is the only reason why some people are criticizing Tiger because they are trying to make money off this scandal? Of course.
Tiger didn't impose his lifestyle on you, he didn't steal your money, he hasn't committed a crime against anyone, he doesn't do drugs, and one of his affairs wasn't with your daughter or your wife.
If you're upset because Tiger has been your son or daughter's role model, you need to spend some more time with your kids. Tiger shouldn't be their role model, you should.
We should all respect the accomplishments of athletes like Tiger who are devoted to giving their best to succeed in their sport, but as parents it's our responsibility to put the lessons of sport into the proper perspective for our kids. If he does something we don't agree with, it's our job to help our kids understand that as well.
To a certain degree, it's almost comical how naive our society is when they see famous public figures like Tiger fall prey to transgressions like cheating on his wife. They seem so oblivious to the fact that this sort of thing happens all the time to normal people, let alone rich and famous athletes like Tiger.
Like the old proverb says, "Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes."
If you've ever known a high school or college football player in the state of Texas, or if you've ever spotted a famous athlete out at the club, you know that athletes are continually being confronted by women and others who are willing to do anything to be associated with them.
This is true of athletes, musicians, actors, comedians, politicians, CEOs, and pretty much anyone who is in the public eye. Regardless of if someone's fame is limited to their small town or it extends across the world, women and other predators are out there who want a piece of that fame.
The more famous someone becomes, the more they are bombarded with opportunities to do things they otherwise wouldn't even have a chance to consider. For guys like Tiger, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, and others; it means having a line of beautiful women in every town at their beckon call if that's what they want.
It's unfortunate for women like Elin Woods, who are often too naive or too confident to think that their famous beaus would ever stray in their relationship. They fail to even consider the possibility of these things happening, even though many know it's the price one often has to pay for loving someone as famous as Tiger.
No one reading this article has ever walked a mile in Tiger's shoes, and most of us can't even fathom what it might be like to be him for a single day.
In the end, he doesn't need our advice or help, so let's stop trying to give it to him.
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