Letter: Tempering power and fame with humility

Tackling the reports of sexual harassment of women from those in power, in a letter to Ponoka News

Dear Editor,

In late 2017 a flurry of reports came to light documenting numerous cases of sexual harassment of women by some men in power with money and fame.

These politicians, journalists and Hollywood glitterati instead of using their power, fame and money to help others, are alleged to have applied these benefits to their arrogance and elite status to take unfair advantage of women. As Ben Shapiro stated, “misconduct thrives when accountability fades.”

Historically kings and potentates would revel in their harems, seizing and raping concubines. The reward to those who these kings and potentates bestowed favour upon was the same treatment; exploitation. A shameful fact is, historically there has always been an elite class who engaged in sexual immorality.

Hearing of this exploitation of women makes me ashamed to be a man. Oh, how short our memory is when we struggle and we become successful. We seem to have a memory lapse, we sure didn’t become successful on our own. Unfortunately, in some cases many dedicated people working and never complaining were walked over for some people’s success.

A sure-fire way to stay on course in life is to never be haughty or arrogant, regardless of how much fame, money or power you achieve. Others helped you achieve your success, you didn’t do it all on your own. Your fame, money and power should always be balanced with humility and meekness and a clear memory of the many people who helped you along the road of life.

Why do those who achieve power, fame and money feel they are above others and above reproach? I think in our present society there are no consequences to the elite for these brutal acts. Society has driven headlong into approving unbounded freedom for everybody and every act. We have been so bound and bent on creating a society for people where anything and everything is okay; we overlooked balancing this unbounded freedom with moral conduct, ethics and good common sense. Granting such unbridled freedom to people where everything is okay, when these immoral acts are committed, society deals with these with indifference.

With such unbridled freedoms is it any wonder those with power, fame and money can do whatever they want with little or no consequence. Remember, society says whatever you want you are entitled to. Really? Just because you can, should you? My parents taught me at a very young age; to do good to others, especially when it is in my power to do so, and that comes from a much higher power than I.

A society where moral conduct, ethics and common sense do not prevail will like the Roman empire pass away with only bitter memories recalled, at least that’s how I see it.

Doug Thorson

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