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Kierkegaard Comes Up

Lance Armstrong is a big fucking asshole. That seems to be the emerging consensus in the wake of his confession. One of the experts on the subject is Mike Anderson, a former mechanic and personal assistant to Armstrong. In Anderson’s recent interview with Sports Illustrated, what may be of interest to readers of Korrektiv is that Anderson mentions Kierkegaard.

SI: Is there anything Lance can say to Oprah that would be meaningful to you or that you make you contemplate forgiveness?

Anderson: I’ve thought about that a lot in the last few days. I was reading [philosopher] Soren Kierkegaard. Part of what he talks about is forgiveness and guilt and anxiety and the roots of it all. … I still have these notions of forgiveness and turn the other cheek. But I wonder, what are the reasons? Who benefits from forgiveness. Me? To unload bitterness I have against Lance and Bill Stapleton and people who lied and ridiculed me? Or is it for Lance? The sinner, conceptually, if you will. Or for both of us? I just don’t know if it will do me any good whatsoever to say lets let bygones be bygones. The cynicism I have about the whole thing, there’s no contrition in Lance Armstrong’s heart. It’s a calculated effort. For what purpose, I don’t know. I don’t see it as at all meaningful.

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I’m curious about that ellipsis (…) following “forgiveness and guilt and anxiety and the roots of it all.” Did Anderson say more about his reading of our man K that the SI editors deemed too philosophical for their brain-damaged readership? Here’s our chance for some real investigative reportage, K-team. Get on it!

See also: “[Catholic mom] Betsy Andreu always knew that Lance Armstrong doped”


  1. Jonathan Potter says

    See Also:

    Betsy Andreu:

    We didn’t decide to “take him on”. We decided not to lie for him. I guess that could be construed for “taking him on” especially when you see what the ramifications have been.

    As a child, I was always raised that you can’t compromise your integrity, that the truth is always important. That was taught in the home but affirmed going through Catholic school. You have to tell the truth, you have to tell the truth, you have to tell the truth. I think the nuns were really good at saying ‘honesty matters, in every way, shape and form.’

    So that is how I was raised. My dad is a businessman and he always said that ‘your reputation is more important than anything else; honesty matters.’

  2. That guy is sharp. But, he’s out of luck. And he’s out on an island. The fact is that Lance went to the pop culture vatican and met with the pope who provided absolution and that’s all there is to it. He took the walk of shame. Look for a reality show starring Armstrong now. It doesn’t matter whether he is or is not a fucking asshole. He isn’t Lance Armstrong cyclist, or Lance Armstrong cheater. All that matters is that he is Lance Armstrong celebrity. If Stalin were alive today he would have his own Judge Joseph show and the masses would cheer.

    Reading Kierkegaard? That day has come and gone. Things have flipped. If you can possibly find an available AR-15 I recommend that you buy one and keep a good eye on your kids because they would make an excellent source of protein (tender and juicy).

  3. Alpha Male says
  4. The Malaise says

    What the hell happened? The Kollektiv sounds like it has completely escaped my clutches! The energy! The probity! The bite!

    I don’t even know you guys any more.

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