Stupidity, Tiger Woods and Young Fans

I usually focus on everyday stupidity, the type we come across in banks, gas stations, public libraries and bathroom fixture outlets. But I’m afraid the Tiger Woods’ scandal has seeped into my everyday life. I’ve always regarded him as an extraordinary, supernatural golfer; possibly even a supernatural human. Although he is still the incredible golfing phenomenon, with the recent events, he is also a stuper (short for a rambunctiously stupid person).

I recently spoke to a junior golfer; my eighteen-year-old who is away at college. I mentioned that I felt distressed hearing about the Tiger woes. His response:

“You’re distressed? I’m extremely upset about it. I never expected this from Tiger.”

We, as fans, all hoped Tiger was above the sordid and seedy in life. He appeared able to manage fame and extreme wealth and talent while maintaining esteemed values, without acting moronically. At least that was what he and his business team wanted us to believe. But yet again, like many famous stupers before him, politicians and athletes alike, he lied and acted without thinking of the impact not only on those close to him, but on the general public and fans who adored him.

I like to think that with fame, fortune and/or intelligence comes responsibility. In fact, skip the first two and with mere intelligence comes great responsibility: to operate your motor vehicle with diligence, to treat others (unless their stupidity screams out at you) with courtesy, and to promise to love and respect the ones you’re voluntarily hanging out with on a regular basis.

Yes, Tiger achieved fame and fortune at a tender age; he possibly lacked wise and loving guidance, and consequently lost his head and at least a portion of his reputation and possibly in the near future some of his wealth as well. But, dear readers,  yours truly promises that will never happen to her.

Firstly, I’m a bit older than Tiger (just a little, mind you), and I have something he does not: years of carefully studying and analyzing the complete and utter idiots among us, thereby seriously learning how not to look, act or remotely resemble a stuper. Plus, I’ve get a large, ongoing  dose of experience with regular people (I shop at Costco periodically for that very reason, although I draw the line at Walmart). Therefore, I will always stay in touch with reality.

To top things off, I carry around a quote originally uttered by ancient Greek playwright, Euripides:  “There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.”

Keep thinking.


6 Responses to “Stupidity, Tiger Woods and Young Fans”

  1. MC says:

    I think you’re right about Tiger being a stuper. He gave up thinking of anything or anyone but himself. That’s what being a stuper is all about.

  2. Sofi says:

    Unfortunately, sometimes fame and money changes ordinary people into stupers. They want to try not a little bit of every thing, but a lot of forbidden things. I am glad he was caught.

  3. Ferd says:

    Oh, Keli, this is really difficult for me, but I feel compelled to be honest, as I have grown to learn that honesty is the key to a “quiet conscience,” and on this blog I want my comments to be meaningful.

    In my past, I was a stuper like Tiger. I grew up with my hurts and challenges, like we all do, but was also blessed with talents and intelligence. I was brought up well and got a good education. I was a young man with high ideals. But as a well-meaning young man, I had no clue that emotional forces were much stronger than my ideals, my will, commitments and responsibilities. I had no concept of codependency and addiction. I was blind to my long list of character defects. And as a result, my life gradually fell apart. The story of the losses and the hurts felt by many people in my life, especially by my ex-wife and children, is long and sorrowful. A lot of daily work goes into fixing myself and making amends, though it is impossible to make it all right. I don’t get a do-over.

    I’m not making excuses for myself or for Tiger. But I think I do understand some of the dynamics at play. I feel sad for his wife and kids, and can also feel a lot of sympathy for Tiger himself. I’ll pray that someday I can welcome him into my club: stupers anonymous!

  4. Mad Woman says:

    Tiger Woods is a tool. A big, giant tool.

  5. omawarisan says:

    It seems that the compound stupidity of not admitting a foolish mistake makes it worse for all concerned.

  6. Elaine says:

    And the story just keeps getting worse. I feel bad for his wife and children.

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