Zinedine Zidane may be a first-rate footballer, but he’s a third-rate philosopher.
Commenting on his headbutt of Italian defender Marco Materazzi in Sunday's World Cup final, Zidane, 34, said:
"It was inexcusable. I apologise. But I can't regret what I did because it would mean that he was right to say all that."
Zidane is missing 3 open goals
There is a gap between stimulus and response (Stephen Covey).
You are free to choose your response to an insult
|There is a difference between someone offending you and someone harming you (J.S Mill). |
Insults don’t really harm you
| It doesnt follow that even if someone does harm you that you have to harm them physically in return. |
What's a better response? Almost anything.
Zidane's response was precisely what Matterazi hoped for.
Of course, what really happened was that the red mist descended.
ZZ's verbal response 3 days later is more a rationalisation than anything else.
Maybe what Zidane (and Rooney too) really needs is some neo-Stoic anger management.
But let's talk about emotional wisdom in a future article ...
Personal Development Through Philosophy says :-
“Red Card” to Zidane!”