If “Life of Brian” taught me anything, it's to always look on the bright side of life. The final scene of Montey Python's classic films ends with several men being crucified while singing (and whistling) a tune literally titled "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Speaking of sacrilegious moments: Did you hear the one about the Alabama State Auditor who compared an alleged case of sexual abuse involving a Senate candidate to the relationship between the Messiah's parents? I never would have thought someone who started something called the Foundation for Moral Law would need so much so much defending — inept as it may be.
In fact, it doesn't seem you can count on anyone to stay out of trouble these days.
Just the other day, comedian Louis C.K. admitted to several allegations of sexual misconduct. Our heroes are never who we want them to be and our celebrities are never who we thought they were. I think it's a rapidly repeating pattern due in part to the Information Age. The country was once oblivious to a president's inability to walk, and now, with just a few key strokes, the nation can find and share college photos of any politician, movie star or business tycoon.
There is no way the notable figures of our day could have known to what extent their misdeeds would come to light in the future via the technical marvels unleashed by Silicon Valley. And, as our digital shovels continue to dig up more dirt on anyone and everyone, I suspect any and all famed personalities will suffer similar fates in due time, because there is no way to change the past.
Feel free to whistle along with me as we take a look on the bright side now. With this level of review becoming more standard in the lives of us average joes, it stands to reason the next generation may be motivated to keep their noses a little cleaner, expecting the masses to go digging for something juicy as they come of age.
The folly of today's cases, like Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, George H.W. Bush, Bill Cosby — you get the point — may be the cautionary tales of the future. Some have yet to be proven in a court of law, but all may serve as motivation for the next generation of business moguls and legislators. They may develop an outlook on life in which they expect their character to be examined in great detail by the public and live accordingly, because such a future of free-flowing information may filter out a grand majority of the potential who's who before they ever make it to their first fundraiser gala.
Imagine the results. Imagine children having real role models again. Imagine those children growing up to do the same.