It’s when A.J. Preller, San Diego Padres General Manager, engineers a trade that deals an injured player as a healthy one. When news broke that Major League Baseball had suspended Preller without pay for 30 days—30 whole days!—the G.M and Padres management went into damage control. While Preller was admittedly guilty of “inexcusable” falsehood, the Organzation said, he didn’t mean to “mislead” other clubs.
Tell that to G.M.’s of other clubs!
Preller’s response was equally unbelievable. He said the experience had been “a learning process” for him. Wait a minute. If basic honesty requires a learning curve in a 30-something man, especially in a position of trust, he shouldn’t be in that position! San Diego U-T, 9/16/16
But go deeper into this wicked situation. It’s more of the same, “I’m not to blame,” “You’re not to blame,” “No one’s to blame,” non-ethics saturating American culture. The rule of thumb today in personal relationships, work-place responsibility and spiritual accountability is: get away with as much as you can as long as you can. If you’re accused, indicted or suspended for wrongdoing, plead that “you didn’t mean to harm anyone” and “it’s a learning experience” for you.
Both statements are inexcusably self-serving justifications, however much its the mood of the moment. But remember this: when bad behavior isn’t really wrong, has no intention to harm others, or brings no accountablity to the wrong doer, we are baby steps from “every behavior is equally acceptable; and no one can criticize anyone!” Since culture is already in that stage, the next step is Judgment.