Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Why do we do this...

Why are we as people so quick to 1- assume the worst and 2- find joy when the worst turns out to be true and 3- find joy out of tearing people down and 4- only enjoy tearing people down when they are on top...

My heart breaks for Cam Newton right now, and surprisingly, not because I'm an Auburn fan. Two years ago barely anyone in this country knew his name. Now you would be hard pressed to find someone that didn't know his name. I am the first to admit I missed most of this football season due to wedding stuff; however, I know in July I had no idea who Cam Newton was and now I know exactly who he is. Let me go back to my points about why this is so hard for me to wrap my head around.

1- Every story in the book has come out about why he isn't eligible to play and why he is a bad person and immoral and has no ethics and he was bad in school, etc. We have all made mistakes. Not every mistake in his past has the opportunity to make him ineligible to play NCAA football; yet, people are talking about them anyway as if every single story is true. We as a people automatically assume the worst.

2- Deep down for some and for some you don't have to dig that deep, a lot of people want these stories to be true. For different reasons that they hide under a matter of "fairness." Why do people find joy in destroying a 21 year old's name, reputation, college experience, and possible career? Whether this was all true or all false, this should be somethting that we all sat down and hoped and prayed that it wasn't true because we should build eachother up and not tear eachother down. It is just football, it is just a game, and there is always another season. Sadly, some people want this to be true just because they don't want Auburn to be good or win the SEC or win the NCAA title. Putting all of my Auburn ties aside, that is incredibly sad.

3- Explained in point #2

4- Remember these people are all talking about things that a year and two years ago... If Cam Newton hadn't been a good quarterback at Auburn and just been a mediocre player and we had a mediocre season, would we still be hearing all this talk? NO! We wait until someone is at the top, leading a team towards the NCAA Title, front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, at what I would guess is one of the happiest moments in his life, truly living on top of that Ivory tower and then (not a moment before) we jump in and are ready to watch that tower crumble.

Overall, it breaks my heart to watch people around find such joy in the possibility that this college kid's life could tumble down around him. What happened to seeing the best in people, what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Just my thoughts on the matter...
But at the end of the day as an Auburn fan I will quote words straight from Cam Newton's mouth...

"When God be blessin', the Devil be messin'" - Cam Newton

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