Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Yet Another "hang our heads in shame" Blog Commentary"

Today is Tuesday, 22 April 2008.

Original comment on my column of 17 April 2008:

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So - the Olympic Torch is a symbol of Nazi impreialism? I think by now most people have co-opted the torch as a symbol of goodwill and sportsmaship as it relates to the Olympic Games, which are an attempt to unify the world every couple of years.

And the point of parallelling countries which have hosted the games while instigating unadvised aggression? Is this supposed to make a point of some sort? Is it that any "aggressor" country not be allowed to host the games? Let us know how that could be achieved.

You have graced us with another “hang our heads in shame” blog commentary. Thanks."

The reply I couldn’t post, due to techinical difficulties, but, considering this date, a good thing:

"You’re quite welcome. When shameful acts have been committed, shame and changed behavior are the proper responses.

As any student of ancient Greek history and culture can tell you, the Olympic Games only vaguely concerned “goodwill and sportsmanship”, in the propagandistic sense. They were about the city-state version of jingoistic nationalism: we’re superior to you.

The Olympic Torch symbol has been co-opted into merely a brand for a very lucrative segment of the professional sports entertainment industry.

And would it be such a sin that “aggressor nations” (those who oppress others or their own populations) should be banned from hosting the Olympics?

Granted, the venue might then be restricted to Antarctica, but might not humanity profit more from, e.g., re-runs of Masterpiece Theatre (or for that matter, Green Acres) than yet another orgy of professional sports entertainment every four years?

Depending on the date one chooses, or the wishy-washy uncertainty of the USA/USE, the latter delcared war on the decrepit Empire of Spain on this date in 1898, or perhaps the 20th or 21st.

No matter the date, the USA/USE employed the opportunity to steal Cuba and the Phillipines.

When the shoe fits, or, as it were, pinches, wear it, and hang down your head in shame.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are you moving to Antarctica, HH?

10:28 AM  
Blogger HH said...

Alas, anonymous, the only civilians allowed to live in Antartica are those approved for employment by agencies of several governments. HH has yet to see "Antarctic help wanted: Subversive Philosopher".

Sorry to disappoint.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, guess you are going to have to make the best of it here in the warmer climates with the rest of us.

4:50 PM  

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