Tonight I had the opportunity to interview Alison Levine, the author of the NY Times Best Seller, On the Edge. During the conversation we talked about leadership, and I asked Alison about the comments she had made in her book about Mike Vick. Subsequently, Alison shared during the interview that she would welcome an invitation to sit on a panel that would include Mike Vick discussing leadership qualities, and that she felt she would likely learn something from the experience. No doubt, Mike Vick would learn something extraordinary if he ever got to meet Alison. She's probably one of the most inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure of talking with. After I hung up from the interview, I went to see what I had written about Mike Vick awhile back, and thought I'd share the aricle with Alison. Strong women who are effective leaders do not always agree, but that doesn't mean they couldn't be on the same team. ~ sxm [ November 7 - 2014 ]
I've written several research papers in my life, and as a result I know what's involved in doing proper research to help gain a complete understanding of a certain issue. So one would think that if I'm going to write an article about a topic that I wish to debate, I would do my homework. Get all the facts, before presenting my argument. Only I'm not going to do any research on this topic, at least not initially. I'm not going to detail the crime, the sentence, or anything like that. I'm not going to state anything other than this. When a man makes a mistake, and owns it, there is nobody on this planet who has any right, in my opinion, to judge that man. Say what you will about the criminal justice system, and what you will about whether the National Football League ought to have permitted a man, who made a mistake and paid the price, back into the league. It's your prerogative to believe as you will.
That being said, it's my prerogative to forgive a man who has admittedly made a mistake, and owned it. Not only did he own it, he paid a price that was administered by the criminal justice system in the United States of America. The system is flawed, but so is everything that is touched by humans. Imperfection is the name of our game.
I believe that when a man makes a mistake, and owns it, pays the price and then goes and faces such harsh ridicule, he has an opportunity. He can gain wisdom and knowledge and empathy. I will do more research on the matter, and share as I have time. For now, I simply wish to say that just because I can forgive a man, does not mean I condone the mistakes he might have made. I do know this much, I am not perfect. I also know I am not the one to judge another.