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Tiger Woods, His Apology and Comeback

Updated on February 24, 2010

Tiger is Just Getting His Second Wind

Prohibition doesn’t works. Tiger is a product of our society that has an underlying fear of sexuality, and keeps it hidden from children as long as possible. Sooner or later a person must try to make up for the missed developmental stage. That’s why pornography and prostitution are multi-billion-dollar businesses, and why adultery is so common as to be almost normal and expected. In fact, monogamy is the exception not the rule as I propose in my article, Tiger Woods and the Strange Case of Monogamy.

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was a respected cultural anthropologist. Her reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures amply informed the 1960s sexual revolution. Her famous study Coming of Age in Samoa found expanded freedom of sexual exploration among children and very little adultery and divorce among adults. Human beings are a naturally curious and exploratory species, one of our more admirable traits, and will naturally explore especially those areas of our lives that we subconsciously believe have been kept hidden from us. Our sexuality is one of those areas and must be explored and understood if we are to be balance human beings. So, such exploration is on the one hand a good thing, and on the other sometimes a disruptive and hurtful experience. To understand why Tiger can have an incredible mind and still make the horrendous mistakes he made, all one has to know is that in a battle between intellect and emotion, emotion will usually win.

This is obviously a life-changing opportunity for Tiger. I watched his televised statement and felt that for someone of his international stature his statement was an amazingly humble and contrite one. His mention of returning to Buddhism as his core guidance also underscored my original article's premise that Buddhism is at the center of his phenomenal success and will be at the center of his phenomenal resurrection. I expect to see Tiger again as not just the great golfer he is but as the great humanitarian he can and will become.


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