Daily Short-hOPT: Sterling, Silver, And Gold

“There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players.” – Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

It is not my intention to use this blog to discuss current events, unless they are dialed into what Noah and I set out to do. I mean, really, any dolt with proper time and equipment can create a blog and espouse opinions. I’ve been doing it since November, wink wink. But, sometimes, things happen and scream out to be addressed. The complete snafu that is the Donald Sterling situation provides such an opportunity. 

I don’t need to give you a “racism is bad” narrative. I’m not even going to try to point Donald Sterling out for what he is, because that would give him too much credit. We know what he is. Hell, he knows what he is. But, what he didn’t know was that, even 80 plus years down the line, what he is ended up blowing up in his face. 

These things have a way of finding you. Does that make sense? Eventually, on a long enough timeline, everyone will be found out for what they truly are. It may take longer for some than others, but the truth will eventually be found out, and the unjust will be exposed for what they are. With a lifetime ban and a (for him, pocket change) $2.5M fine, Donald Sterling just received a tangible lesson in the end result of treating people like dirt. And sure, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should be applauded for his swift and strong action. We should be pleased that the league has removed someone that had no place in the game. But, let’s not forget that this is a blip on the radar screen as far as racism and bigotry are concerned in this country. The actions of today are a victory, but the battle is far from over. 

I’m no expert, rather just a dude with a blog. However, I can say with fair certainty that one of the most essential keys to living a happy and fulfilling life is to follow that old golden rule, which boils down to treating others as you’d like to be treated. It’s really that simple. Treat people well. Take time to concern yourself with the general well-being of those around you. Count your blessings, which for most of us are plentiful. 

Donald Sterling got his due today. He’ll likely, for better or worse, be a forgotten footnote as the next set of indignities arise. Let’s look to him as an example of what not to be, a cautionary tale, if you will. And, let’s allow that to happen not because of the outcome, but because doing the right thing is the right thing. 

Have an awesome Tuesday,
-A. 

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