How many times over the past several years have well-known individuals said or done things that came back to haunt them at a future date?
Of course, they then apologize profusely, often claiming this is really not who they are … that it was just a “one-time thing” and they “never meant to hurt anyone.”
It is my contention that if the act was carried out or the words were spoken, it IS who they are.
In the example of Paula Deen, you simply don’t use the N-word if you have respect for the people it represents.
If you cheat on your husband/wife (with the same or opposite gender), it’s because you want to, even though you know people will be hurt.
If you lie about your actions (e.g., Anthony Weiner), you know what you’re doing is unacceptable in the eyes of society yet you do it anyway.
None of us likes to get caught with our hand in the cookie jar, but trying to explain away our actions fools no one.
Isaac Newton made this observation: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Although he was referring to the Laws of Motion, there is wisdom in his words beyond the world of science — and each of us would do well to keep them in mind before we reach into that proverbial cookie jar.