We were fooled, or were we? That seems to be the question facing all that follow college football after the story came out yesterday that the story about Manti Te’o and his girlfriend dying being a hoax. Not that she didn’t die, but that she didn’t exist. Deadspin claims through 1 anonymous source that the source is “80% percent” sure he made it up from the beginning while Manti says that it wasn’t something he participated in but was a victim.
But I would like to take this time to tell people who read this blog to remember the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you would like them to do onto you.
Besides the fact we idolize our athletes and expect them to be better people than ourselves, our world seems to get more sensational and desensitized everyday. People consume news now more than ever and from multiple sources. People can read whatever story from whatever source they want to. Some challenge their established narratives while others find sources that further their narrative. This can create animosity among everyday Americans towards each other. We seem to nowadays to not care about other people. It seems to me that we have become more desensitize to evil acts toward other human beings and we don’t seem to care. On Twitter, everyone including bloggers on our own network were trying to make fun of Manti Te’o for whatever reason.
I refuse to do that.
I live by that philosophy of the Golden rule. It’s a great, simple philosophy that doesn’t take much to remember. Do bad things happen to me? Yes, plenty of times in my young life. But that doesn’t make me a heartless person that loses my humanity and let it define me.
If we can prove that it was something perpetrated by Manti Te’o beyond 1 anonymous source claiming he is “80% sure” that he was involved, then maybe I will change my tone. But to the people who did (or did not) perpetrated this hoax onto Manti and to the others that find joy in other people’s pain.
Do onto others as you would like them to do onto yourself.