• Lessons in Choices: Will Smith, a Split Second Slap, a 10-Year Ban

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    Surge Summary: Actor Will Smith’s fateful Oscar-night “slap heard round the world” demonstrates the perils of careless split-second decisions; and the consequences they can bring.

    by Michael L. Brown

    Do you know that in a split-second of time your life can be changed forever, for better or worse? Have you thought deeply about how our momentary decisions and actions can reverberate for decades, or, in some cases, for centuries?

    All this has now been illustrated in front of our eyes with the Academy Awards banning Will Smith for the next 10 years. What can we learn from this?

    An Indelible Image

    I have no interest in rehashing the slap itself, which has already been done endlessly. (A Google search for “the slap heard around the world” yields 37,500,000 hits.) And I am not here to pronounce self-righteous judgments on Will Smith (or others involved).

    Instead, this article is about us, about you and me and the choices we make. By what will we be defined and remembered? By the legacy of a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice and courage and love and kindness — whatever we wish our legacy to be — or by a momentary, destructive action or word?

    In the case of Smith, this is not simply another example of cancel culture at work — making you pay for the slightest transgression or misstep, even from years ago.

    Instead, this is about an indelible image. This is about public assault. This is about seeing something that you cannot unsee.

    In the future, when you watch a movie with Smith, will you watch it the same way you previously did? Or will you look at one of his fight scenes a little differently? Or will you have a harder time buying him in a sweet and innocent role?

    I don’t mean this in a vindictive way. I don’t even mean it in an intentional way. I mean it will be a kneejerk reaction: “That’s the guy who slapped Chris Rock on international TV. That’s the guy with that odd relationship with his wife.”

    In the case of that fateful night, it was supposed to be the night that Smith finally received his due: an Oscar for best actor! It was supposed to be the night when his name would be enshrined for the generations along with some of the greatest actors of all time. It was supposed to be the night when all the years of toil and dedication finally paid off. Instead, despite him winning that Oscar, it is remembered as the night of the slap. And now, it is the night because of which Smith is banned for the next 10 years.

    The Choices We Make

    This is where wisdom comes into play. This is where self-restraint controls our choices. … Keep Reading the Rest here.

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    Originally posted here.

    Image: Public Domain; Adapted from: https://picryl.com/media/an-instructor-in-the-freedom-hall-athletic-complex-uses-a-stopwatch-while-recruits-3a3586

    Dr. Michael Brown(www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Revival Or We Die: A Great Awakening Is Our Only Hope. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.


    Dr. Michael Brown

    Dr. Michael Brown(www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Revival Or We Die: A Great Awakening Is Our Only Hope. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

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