Laurels and morals

There have been several instances in recent history where we have seen individuals of high standing who have won accolades for their professional achievements or leadership, plummet to the very depths of depravation or moral turpitude.
It is therefore, quite evident that social standing, financial strength or executive power has little bearing on moral character. The common fallacy is to put both these qualities on equal footing.
Social biases ingrained in many of our minds unwittingly equate low morality to low economic standing.
The news archives are replete with the shenanigans of Presidents, Governors, Sports and film stars, Godmen, and other individuals of high public standing.
In all the instances, the fall has been self-generated by simply succumbing to one’s base instincts, an act of self-destruction – a moment of weakness that shatters the entire facade of high public standing.
The scenario then goes into a now familiar script, with power, influence and money being used to either wrangle out of the situation or obfuscate and confuse. However, with the public at large being more aware and the media more aggressive and intrusive, it has become pretty difficult to get out of the immoral quicksand once mired in it.
A study of why such individuals, who otherwise display very sharp minds, don’t pause to think of the ramification of such acts would be very revealing.
Once you reach the very top, is the way ahead only downwards?
You need to watch your morals to keep your laurels.