I don’t know if you have heard of the incident at former NFL’er Brian Holloway’s New York holiday home, but you should check out Mr. Holloway’s website, Help Me Save 300. At it he shows pictures of the damage caused, some of the things stolen, as well as Mr. Holloway’s plans, oh and pictures the kids took of themselves partying and tearing up his home.
While I think what the kids did at the party was horrendous, what really is beyond the pale the response of some of the people to Mr. Holloway’s request that the 300 odd students come and help clean up the house, and repair the damage (btw 1 student and his father showed up).
Some of the e-mails that Mr. Holloway received are shocking to say the least. Now I hear that some of the parents are considering suing Mr. Holloway for posting pictures of the kids (that they posted to social media sites). My first thought is ‘Good Luck with that’ but it is New York, sooo….
To those parents and children, who broke in, partied, and trashed Brian Holloway’s home,
I hope you are proud of yourself (or your child),
Perhaps you lack empathy, I don’t know, to be honest, I don’t care.
I get that in our modern society, that lawyers will always tell you to scream that you are innocent, but (and perhaps I am alone in this thought) sometimes you have to take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your children and/or subordinates. I won’t sit here and tell you that you will get a less severe punishment or that people from around the world will admire your moral character. That would be a lie. You are likely to be punished just as severely if not more so, than those who lie and claim their innocence (a deep flaw within our ‘Justice System’), the majority of the people around the planet will think you a fool. Even those of us, who think that accepting responsibility for your actions is the correct course of action, are unlikely to rush to your defense,
but realize that accepting responsibility for your bad actions, are the first step in reshaping our society to one where people are brave.
Brave enough to accept responsibility for their actions,
Brave enough NOT to do actions that they need to accept responsibility for (shocker I know)
Brave enough to stand up for what is right.
Being brave is not the absence of fear, rather it is the being afraid, terrified even, and still doing what needs to be done.
While I realize that few people will read this, and fewer still will pass it on, my dearest hope is that just one person will read this and take it to heart.
Remember the Golden Rule….