Sorry but many of you will not like what I have to say.
“Sociopaths…are usually defined as people displaying anti social behavior which is mainly characterized by lack of empathy towards others that is coupled with display of abnormal moral conduct and inability to conform with the norms of the society…” (Read more … http://depressiond.com/sociopath-sociopathic-personality-disorder/)
If we see Lance Armstrong as exhibiting such manifestations of sociopathy (as I do), we need to ask the following. Was Lance Armstrong born with an illness that allowed him to move forward with sociopathic tendencies for years, or was he made? Or indeed, did his school years feed what was there by nature? He admits to being a bully:
From the transcript of the interview:
OW: Were you a bully?
LA: “Yes, I was a bully. I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn’t like what someone said I turned on them.”
OW: Is that your nature – when someone says something you don’t like, you go on attack? Have you been like that your entire life – 10-years-old, 12-years-old and 14-years-old?
LA: “My entire life. Before my diagnosis (with cancer) I was a competitor but not a fierce competitor. When I was diagnosed, that turned me into a fighter. That was good. I took that ruthless win-at-all-costs attitude into cycling which was bad.”
As educators, should we have our radar turned on fully for the bullies in our midst? Should we be more aware of when a child is involved in unhealthy competition or taking a winner-takes-all mentality? We have access to excellent counselors who can mitigate what may be there by nature. Counselors who can allow a young person to reflect upon themselves, others and how their actions may be hurtful.
Furthermore, are we taking good children and turning them towards a form of sociopathy with high-stakes testing, fierce competition for schools and winner-take-all attitudes in college entrance?
In Turkey, we drag children from the well-spring of creativity so they can answer 100 rote questions at the end of Grade 8 in order to get into the handful of good schools that exist. Then again four years later, cram schools and high-stakes testing for the handful of decent college places in the country. Are the values of “crush or be crushed” reigning supreme over common decency? Are people really so enamored with what they want Lance Armstrong to be, that they cannot realize that he has indulged in crushing everyone for years? That he has no sense of common decency, even now.
Lance Armstrong should be taken off the air unless he becomes a poster-child for getting treatment for his real illness – sociopathic personality disorder. You don’t want to believe me?
Here is a Wordle of Mr. Armstrong’s choice of words during his interview. Real food for thought – “sorry” is a speck:
From @JYerushalmy pic.twitter.com/9NRmyrRj