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Ask Not Why They Did It But What They Serve

Why would the billionaire owner of the NFL’s most successful franchise patronize a brothel?

Why would a successful actor perpetrate a fraud on the nation for a pay raise?

Why would an international music superstar prey on young girls?

Why would they risk everything? What’s in it for them?

Those questions are dead ends in the search for an explanation for this depraved conduct.

To understand why one must ask the question, “What do they serve?”

As with the high-profile cheaters and reprobates before them, R. Kelly and R. Kraft and Smollett are C.S. Lewis’ men without chests.

They are walking pleasure centers seeking only to serve their visceral wants: celebrity, money, carnal release.

They are the byproduct of a culture that celebrates the unrestrained indulgence of one’s appetites over objective truth.

What a society extols it begets. And so we have begotten R. Kelly, R. Kraft and Smollett.

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Eli Manning’s Example

One day you’re the 2-time Super Bowl champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP with the second-longest starting streak in NFL history. And the next day you’re on the bench.

That’s life. But how many of us would handle it with the humility of Eli Manning?

Manning was given the option to continue to start and play a few series to keep his streak alive but declined saying “that’s not the right way to play.”

In doing so, he essentially said that if coach thinks starting someone else at QB gives the team the best chance to win then we should do that. Manning’s personal streak isn’t bigger than the team.

“It’s hard…but hang in there and figure it out,” said Manning, his chin quivering.

How Manning responded to being benched, with understandable disappointment but not defiant entitlement, is why he is a leader of men and a 2-time Super Bowl Champion, twice defeating the team of his generation for the Lombardi Trophy.

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