To write this cutting and necessary bit on the “family” excuse for either quitting in disgrace or being an absolute promise-breaking renege-meister.
Here’s a tidbit:
What is interesting is that (Terrell) Owens claims he is doing this for his family. “The most important thing is my family,” he said.
This assertion has become so common and familiar among public figures as to become something like punctuation, a mere indicator of seriousness without any real content.
I won’t back down on this matter, it suggests, and not because I’m a pompous, selfish donkey, but on the contrary, because I am so selfless that I will forego my own interests in order to avoid letting down my family. The invocation of family says: Even though my actions indicate otherwise, I’m not a fool, nor a scoundrel; I’m selfless and devoted to others.
Patriotism used to be the last refuge of a scoundrel, as Samuel Johnson said-until phony patriots destroyed the positive connotations of the term. Today, family is the scoundrel’s first, last, and paramount refuge.
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