Many of you may have heard the news today that former football stud and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison this morning.
His fall is difficult to understand. Hernandez was a strapping, good-looking Alpha blessed with football skills that gave him fame and fortune. He literally had the world at his feet and offering him anything he ever wanted. Even most great Alphas will never know the expectant glory waiting for Hernandez.
And he fucked it all up.
It’s dangerous being an Alpha, particularly a successful one like Hernandez. When things come so easily, when the praise and adoration come so eagerly, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling impervious. Of feeling invincible. When you’re an Alpha like Hernandez, you take whatever you want – pussy, money, fame, headlines, power, control. You feel like nothing can stop you, because nothing ever has before.
But when Hernandez took a life, the law finally stopped him. Hernandez had become so enamored with himself and his own needs that murdering someone was nothing more than another desire checked off his bucket list. He saw himself as a god, and everyone else as petty insects to be swatted away or squashed.
When the law come for him, Hernandez believed he could flash his smile and charm his way out of it, the way O.J. Simpson, another self-important Alpha, had done decades earlier.
That didn’t work, though. Hernandez had left too many clues to his callousness, his love of thug-like behavior, and his selfishness. It was clear to the jury that he was nothing more than an Alpha punk. And they convicted him of murder.
His suicide this morning is probably the bravest thing he ever did. He recognized that he had fucked up his opportunity, so he took his own life in order to spare his girlfriend and his young daughter the pain of growing old alongside a convicted killer.
To the Alphas out there, I implore you to learn from this example. Alphas own the whole world, but they have nothing if they can’t find a sense of balance and responsibility within themselves.