For the “Subway” food chain their promotion for the past 15 years centered around a young man who actually lost 200 pounds on what he called the “Subway diet.” On this diet he mostly feasted on foods from Subway to help lose the weight. Obviously, it must have been a very successful campaign if the company continued to utilize his image and likeness for all those years. The man’s name is Jared Fogle, and he became an instant media star from all the commercial promotions. However, recently the company and Mr. Fogle amicably agreed to part ways after he was brought up on charges of “child pornography.” Here is the article and information on the case:
Now I have a question to ponder, and I only hope that you take a little bit of time to think about this before just blurting out “an automatic response.” We are “all made differently.” There is diversity within ALL of us. Many of us are also different in terms of “sexual desires and turn ons.” In other words, what may work sexually for you may not be suitable for someone else. There are people who like to be much more freaky than others, those who love to pay for hookers (which in a lot of places is illegal), those who are into bondage and control and homosexuals and bisexuals as well. With all this diversity within us there are no set sexual standards that define us all. With that being said we all know that what Mr. Fogle did was “illegally, morally, and spiritually wrong.” As evil as his activities were, should we judge him more from a “criminal standpoint” or from the standpoint of a “sick mind?” Before answering please consider that a lot of us have our own little “addictions.” Some are more deviant than others. On the other side of that coin, having these addictions doesn’t mean that we have to “enact upon them.” We all need to exercise some form of control. Child pornography is practically an “unforgivable act” and rightfully so. My question is whether Mr. Fogle was more of a “criminal mind” or just more of a “weak mind?” Alcoholism is an addiction. Drugs are an addiction. Sex can be an addiction as well. Aside from Mr. Fogle, there are many prison inmates who blamed their illegal activities on being “drunk or high” at the time of their infractions. Mr. Fogle will soon be in jail with them. When you have a bad addiction, do you deserve our scorn or our help? I don’t think people really want to do wrong, but many have circumstances that they just can’t control. I am not by ANY means defending Mr. Fogle, but I would like to know what you feel. It is easy to say that he knew “right from wrong,” but does anyone care to venture beyond the surface to find out what might have “triggered” his devious desires? While it may no longer matter in this case (he is going to jail anyway) it might be helpful in finding a way to treat this addiction in others before another child gets hurt. To me, I think that is worth the effort to study this addiction more. As always, I welcome any opposing responses and I hope no one was offended by today’s Daily Thought. Evil activity always needs to meet up with justice, but if we can determine and identify the causes of that evilness then maybe we can save others in the process. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Country singer Linda Carter (who used to play the part of Wonder Woman) and Brett Jolly