One of my sons recently requested a Michael Vick jersey. (He was clever enough to pander to my roots by asking, “Can I get an Eagles jersey — to honour and celebrate your home town affiliation with the city of William Penn, Ben Franklin, and Jerry Blavat– and can we put the City of Brotherly Love’s quarterback’s name on the back?)
I am torn on this one, so I turn to you for advice. Do I cave on one of my last remaining principles and allow one of my progeny to display the jersey of a convicted dog-killer?
Or do I cave on principle, because of the belief that everyone, especially if that everyone throws for 4,000 yards and leads his team to the playoffs in the oh-so-competitive NFC EAST, deserves a second chance?
Plato, I believe, would go with the latter because “the ideal” would always include a rationale for forgiveness. Aristotle, however, might counter by focusing on decision-making. How can you honour anyone who decides to not only engage in dog-fighting but also decides to be less than forthright during the investigation?
If we are our habits, as Aristotle himself suggested, then I should resolve this as I do most dilemmas by asking the question first raised,I believe, by Thomas Aquinas: “An venalia?” (“Is it on sale?”)