A Rough Week
It’s been a tough week for the truth. Michael Rasmussen and Alexandre Vinokourov
both left the Tour de France after doping allegations. FBI Director Robert Mueller has
offered sworn testimony that conflicts significantly with that of Attorney
General Alberto Gonzalez. Barry Bonds
continues his tainted pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record. Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube—who has
heroically led the charge against the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe—faced
allegations of adultery this week. Closer
to (my) home, the net widens in a cash-for-grades scandal at a California community college that has already implicated more than 24 people.
When it comes to human nature, it’s sometimes hard to know
where to find the balance between cynicism and realism. Certainly there have been acts of heroism and
human kindness than have not found their way onto the front pages of our
newspapers. All in all, though, I would
say that those who believe that human beings are fundamentally in need of a
gracious salvation have the better argument at the moment.