Sunday, January 24, 2010
Driving and Crying
This week's edition of The New Yorker features an interesting essay by Nick Paumgarten entitled "Driving and Crying". In light of recent hit-and-run allegations against a former NYPD Police Chief (in which the alleged backed into a pregnant woman and fled the scene), Paumgarten comments on the tendency of adults to shirk responsibility. He states, "You learn, at an early age, to own up to your mistakes and misdeeds; and then, apparently, at some later age, you learn to disown them." The author goes on to explore Mark McGwire, NBC in the Leno v. Conan debacle, and bankers amidst the financial meltdown as likeminded offenders. I found his commentary to be extremely insightful. It is worth the three minutes it takes to read the essay. Check it out below.