Hume: Right To Discuss Freely, Wrong On Buddhism

Tiger has recently been exposed as someone who, shall we say, might have been more diligent in keeping that particular precept. Naturally, this has disturbed his peace of mind, caused him shame, very possibly lost him his marriage, and cost him a whole lot of money.

But there's more. Think about Tiger's life prior to his sexual misconduct being revealed. Listen to the voice mail where he begs one of his lovers to change the caller ID on her phone because his wife has found her number. He sounds frightened, harassed, breathless. Lacking in peace of mind.

Imagine his life before the story came out -- at home with his beautiful wife and kids, but thinking about his cocktail waitresses and how to continue his affairs. Or on the road, with one of his girlfriends, looking for dark corners and knowing what he was risking.

And then there was the part where he got the crap beaten out of him with a nine iron.

Hume's right that Buddhism doesn't offer Tiger forgiveness from a deity or redemption. All Buddhism can do is remind him that he's responsible for his actions and the consequences of those actions (the real meaning of karma) and remind him that his suffering now is one of those consequences. With that comes the recognition that you need to make amends to those you've hurt and try to remedy your behavior in the future.

Maybe that's not as good as being forgiven and redeemed, but to me it seems a lot more productive.