Why Do Some People Risk It All To Cheat To Be Famous?

Johnson 5Cyclist Lance Armstrong, athlete Ben Johnson and author E.J. Ellory, deceived the world to the top, before their cups were full.

Do you feel restless and uneasy at times, because you want to achieve something but you feel lacking behind? Do you feel scared of failure in whatever you want to achieve in life sometimes, because things are not moving in your favour? Do you feel stagnant without progress in whatever project you are handling? It is part of life since people are passionate about things and as human beings we are likely to feel this way sometimes.

The question is: When engulfed in such times of uncertainty and fear, how do we handle it? People are dying to be famous. In pursuit of fame and success many take certain short routes which put them into shameful situations they have to live with it for the rest of their lives. No easy way to success. Success usually comes through hard work and sacrifice but why do some people prefer to cheat?

Ben Johnson

In 1988, Ben ‘The Bullet’ Johnson recorded one of the fastest times in athletic history in Seoul Olympic Games, after winning 100m gold medal.   The Canadian was stripped of his 100m gold medal after testing positive for drugs. Johnson claimed that herbal drink he consumed before the race caused his downfall, but the Olympic Committee didn’t accept this.

Samples of Johnson’s urine were tested for drugs immediately the third day after the 100m final which he won in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. Olympic officials confirmed that traces of the anabolic steroid, Stanozol, were found in his system. “A tragedy for Johnson and a great sadness for all Canadians,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Ben Johnson’s drug scandal was neither the first nor the last. Many athletes failed drug tests, including Marion Jones, who used banned substances.

Lance Armstrong has hundreds of fans worldwide, because great people inspire others. At the peak of his successful career, he placed eleventh in the World Championship Road Race with the best time of any American since 1976. From 1999 to 2005, Lance Armstrong consecutively won seven Tour de France titles, giving hope to other cancer patients as a cancer survivor. After a successful career, the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven tour titles he had won and banned him from competing in cycling for life.

According to the Anti-Doping Agency, Lance Armstrong had used banned performance enhancing substances during the years of his career. Armstrong prior has vehemently denied the claims until January 2013, admitted to doping throughout his entire cycling career., leaving his fans miserably disappointed, as he steps down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer-awareness charity he founded. What a sad situation Armstrong and family have to live with entire lives?

E.J. Ellory admitted using fake identities to write about his work on Amazon. He writes glowing reviews for his own books, giving himself five-star ratings and slamming his competitors’ books. Why an author in the caliber of Ellory chose to live like that without any guilty conscience, while simultaneously criticising his rivals? “The earth provides much to satisfy every man’s need but not to satisfy every man’s greed,” great quote from Mahatma Gandhi.

While cheating is fundamental and part of human behavior many will do it. However, wickedness, evil, cheating and every negative activities men apply to enhance careers, would prevail but only for a little while. When the cup is full they shall be exposed.  Whoever thought R J Ellory, one of British leading authors will fake reviews?  The Birmingham based author, whose novels have sold more than a million copies admitted to cheating.

I don’t blame any of these men, for deceive the public. We are in a society many competing against others, so people are desperate to do anything which could take them to the top. We are in a world if one doesn’t come on television or radio; you are seen as nobody. Many feel comfortable with that but others can’t stand it, that’s where the cheating starts.

If people would take some few minutes to think of some wise proverbs and quotes, they would have saved themselves from disgrace. Yes! “God’s time is the best,” wait patiently and work hard for that success. Again, whatever one sows in life, the same he will reap and so whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Finally, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Ebola Beyond Sierra Leone: A Nightmare might be unfolding in Mano River Basin

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An Ebola victim being carried away in Liberia.

If anyone thinks the Ebola Outbreak in Mano River basin is something that is a trifle, please let me confidently state to them that the ongoing disaster is far from being something to put on back-burner. This is a time for all residents therein to unite and step-up our guard!
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic has now officially informed journalists on what many had suspected was the fearful realisation that the new outbreak of Ebola in Liberia with an index case of a 17 years old schoolboy, was not really ‘new’ after all. The outbreak never really ended in Liberia.

WHO Spokesman has now confirmed that genetic studies of the virus in the ‘latest’ outbreak in Liberia is identical to the one that used to kill in Liberia few months back and which is the same virus that continues to kill in both Sierra Leone and Guinea.

However, none (I repeat, NONE) of the Liberians now with new Ebola infection in Liberia ever travelled to Sierra Leone or Guinea. It means the virus has been right inside Liberia quietly all this time.

The WHO Spokesman is now saying the infection of the 17 years old boy was likely acquired from a ‘non-identified transmission within the community’ or from ‘a survivor still carrying the infection in other body fluids long after the blood tested negative for the virus’.

There is also an other possibility (so fearful to contemplate) that the virus has now modified itself so much so that it can delay the onset of symptoms in those it infects.

What do I mean by ‘delay the onset of symptoms’? Let me explain. Viruses can exist for stated periods in humans before they start manifesting sickness in the infected human. For example, the HIV virus can exist for years in a person before it causes the manifestation of clinical signs of HIV-AIDS.

Now, prior to this Outbreak, Ebola was known to manifest symptoms within 2 to 21 days of infection. This particular MRU outbreak had an average of 9 days between infection and symptoms.

So, if, as is now suspected to be scenario for ‘new index case’ of a teenage boy in Liberia, this MRU Ebola virus is now with the ability to exist for more than 21 days in a human before it manifests symptoms of Ebola sickness, then I can easily say we have a major situation on our hands in the MRU basin.

Add to this, the huge number of survivors living in MRU basin as possible carriers of the dreadful Ebola virus in body fluids like male semen or in placenta of foetus in wombs, we might have a serious nightmare unfolding in the Mano River Union basin.

Honestly, this is the time to rally around our various leaderships and do whatever we can to give undiluted support to the three Presidents. In Sierra Leone, the country is still under a State of Emergency that was declared by President Koroma NOT to deliberately subdue our political discourse but to subdue Ebola.

Let us put aside Politics for a while and re-focus our attention on combating Ebola. The alternative to ending the Ebola Outbreak in MRU basin is too fearsome to contemplate…. Too fearful to imagine.

The writer

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The writer Dr. Sylvia Blyden and the president of Sierra Leone, Bah Koroma
The author is a trained medical doctor with an amazing versatility that makes her hold her own in many disciplines. Also a major Publisher and news journalist, Doctor Sylvia Blyden is a politician who has worked for the Sierra Leone Government as the first, and so far the only woman, to be ever appointed with Cabinet Rank to the Office of the President when she served as the Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to President Koroma for a period of two years.
           She gracefully resigned her position in October 2014. Doctor Sylvia Blyden, a member of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) of Sierra Leone, remains to be one of the most trusted allies of the Sierra Leone President and she was part of his presidential delegation to the UN High level Ebola Recovery Summit held from July 9th to 10th in New York during which two days period, she served as an Adviser to His Excellency the President.
             As far as the current Ebola Outbreak is concerned, Dr. Blyden is noted as the very first Sierra Leonean to raise an alarm in May 2014 over unexplained strange deaths in Kissi chiefdoms of Eastern Sierra Leone; the deaths turned out to be from Ebola – just as she had expressed suspicion. To date, the good Doctor has continued to be an irrepressible voice in the fight against Ebola.