[October 17, 2019] Discussion of the importance of character can be found in ancient texts, intertwined with the fog of ancient history. Unsurprisingly, character can be found in the modern, high-speed technological prowess we experience today. Hard work, self-sacrifice, positive attitude, and good judgment are just a few character traits that place the most admired citizen on the highest social plain of respect. Character dialogues are what define my leadership blog.
“… if a man stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all [human] vices at once.” – Apollonius of Tyana, charismatic teacher and philosopher
Long recognized as one of the seven vices within Christianity, greed has made its mark in the annals of human existence. Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. It is the very source of non-ending evils in this world: corruption, envy, vanity, avarice, and the endless pursuit of material wealth as an end in itself.
In the news over the past few days had been the international dust-up over a since-deleted Tweet by the Houston Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey. GM Morey expressed his support for the pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong. This created an immediate response from the Communist Chinese government that, among other things, pushed back hard on the U.S. National Basketball Association.
Professional basketball player Lebron James jumped into the controversy by saying that Morey is only thinking about himself.1 The comment from Lebron James shows that he is a stooge for the Chinese Communists, thus shameful and shows a very serious lack of personal character. Morey wasn’t thinking about himself when he expressed the opinion that sparked this little dust-up. He was thinking of the oppressed people of Hong Kong. James was thinking of his money.
Some are now calling Lebron James a “useful idiot.” This derisive term is often used to describe a person seen as propagandizing for Communism without comprehending the destructive goals and history of the ideology. Lebron James is both a multi-millionaire and an extremely gifted basketball player. But he also lacks the simple character of a good person we all would like to have seen.