Money, fame and the envy of millions cannot hold a candle to being able to positively affect the lives of millions, the futures of millions and the futures of generations to come. Literally BILLIONS of people would die for the opportunity to do so.
It is what we call “Honor”. It is what makes Saints, Heads of State, and Heroes. It is also what makes the guy next door you can count on, the husband or wife you actually love, and in each employee who helps the company move forward. It is in the unnamed scientist(s) who invented the cap to stop the oil leak in the Gulf.
“Honor” is part of a code: The Marines know it, right down to the guy or gal who cleans the latrines. LeBron couldn’t spell “Honor” (unless a teacher helped).
It is the person who earns the Medal of Honor, the Firefighter who saves lives, the teacher who turns around a dull student and produces a young Rhodes Scholar. It is IN every soldier who can walk under the banner of: “Some gave all, all gave some”. Heroes.
It is IN the person who worked 25 hours without a break to pull a young child from certain death in the Haitian rubble. The person who we didn’t see in the headlines. It is IN the person who pays for the coffee of an officer at a diner, without the officer knowing it.
LeBron James had that opportunity to positively affect the lives of millions of people in his home region. People who had once been proud and have had bad economic times, poor politicians and international media rain on their parades. He had the opportunity to give hope, and give a future.
LeBron blew his potential sainthood when he used the most ultimately selfish line: “ I (emphasis on The First Person possessive) am taking MY talents to South Beach”.
Money was not the issue. He would make more if he became the Supporter of his birthplace. A Championship would have come. Dan would not let that slip away.
It was a simple, not complex, decision: Do for millions or do only for self and your posse. It is the decision that more and more people are making today. LeB is simply an example of this disease.
He simply chose self over honor. What an empty choice. We all watched him make that choice: Honor for the Greater Good, or The dishonor of the word “I”, when used as a selfish choice.