Lance Armstrong – Unjust Fairness?

“So Lance finally admitted.” Vetfaan sits back to survey the group at the counter. “That must have been very hard.”

Gertruida isn’t impressed at all. “The world thinks that’s big. Huge. But they are concentrating on sportsmen.     That’s wrong.”

“Such are the wages of sin…” Servaas says with his holier-than-thou face. “He connived and crooked his way to the top. He tried to fool everybody. No, I’m not sorry for him. They should take away every medal he ever won – even as a child.”

“That’s harsh, Servaas.” Gertruida sits back to study the old man. He’s dressed in his black suit again, a sure sign that he is disgusted about something. Now the cause of his indignation is clear, she finds his argument one-sided and short-sighted. “Sure he did wrong. Every sports administrator and anybody-who’s-somebody in sport are up in arms, standing there with innocent faces and declaring what a terrible thing he did. I can understand that; and it’s right that people should demand drug-free competition. But…”

“Oh  please, there are no buts, Gertruida!  Wrong is wrong!” Even the bushy eyebrows tremble in righteous anger.

“That’s my point, Servaas.” Her tone is gentle, like when you explain something simple to a child. “If everybody gets on their high horses about this one, they should do it across the board with everybody who uses devious ways to attain a certain position in life. Now let’s see…”

What about politicians who use drugs? Huh, Servaas? Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barak Obama, New York Mayor – Michael Bloomberg? If they admitted to using drugs, must we strip them of their fame? Erase them from political history?

And what about the entertainers everybody loves so much? Michael Jackson and Elvis paid for their drug abuse with their lives, and still their records sell. Should we not stand back and tell ourselves that was wrong and stop listening to them?

Let’s consider testosterone, Servaas. Robbie Williams admitted to using it. So did Jane Fonda on her book. Why didn’t anybody – anybody – say anything to that?

And what about other means of fooling the masses? Broken campaign promises and corruption are much worse than somebody pedalling across the Alps faster than anybody else. Turning a blind eye to rhino poaching surely deserves a public outcry and the demand for whoever is responsible to be publicly shamed? I’m not talking about the guy who pulls the trigger – I’m talking about the officials who allow and encourage it.

Talking about fooling the masses – what about churches? Men of the frock with their little fetishes. Paedophile priests. Why don’t we see the same reaction across the globe when church leaders overstep the mark?

And finally, what about Robert Mugabe? Zuma? You think they lead spotless lives? They expelled Julius Malema, who said there were 700 charges of fraud and crime against Zuma. Do you think people care about that? It’s not just an African problem either – Italy, France, the World Bank…the list is endless.

“So, Servaas, I think you must be fair. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, my friend. Either we condemn drugs and crime in all cases, or we must crawl into a burrow somewhere and try to convince ourselves the world is a just and a fair place.”

By this time Servaas has cupped his head in his hands. It is just too much. His whisper is almost inaudible.

Poor Lance…”



16 thoughts on “Lance Armstrong – Unjust Fairness?

  1. Harold Green

    So once again, our verbal artist Amos heaps on our dinner plate a variety of various delicious food items from the kitchen counter so that we all may have many items to choose from and taste on our palette. I think we call that Food For Thought!

  2. Jillaroo

    Love it thanks! Like the joke that did the rounds: Difference between Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong? You can cheat on your wife but not on your bike

    1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

      Pride and greed remain the biggest threats to society, that’s true. My plea is not to pardon Lance and make him virgin-white innocent. Poor Lance – because he allowed a sick society to corrupt his mind. Poor us, because we idolise heroes and imagine them to be gods. It’s a vicious circle with no winners.

      1. seeker

        You really nailed it down, Amos. And it does not end there. The media, such as Oprah, brought him out to the limelight. Thus glamorising the evil of mankind. ARGH!

      2. Amos van der Merwe Post author

        Good question! Is Oprah not equally to blame, then. The big money machine rumbles along merrily while society decays in oblivious peace. Thanks for commenting, Seeker, much appreciated.

  3. thehappyhugger

    I was most disappointed when I heard that Oprah was doing an interview on Armstrong…just saw her in a different light I suppose 😦 As far as Armstrong is concerned – I have a whole lot of thoughts about this which I was going to blog about, but have since changed my mind …


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