Friday, August 08, 2008

More "No Olympics"

Today remains Friday, 8 August 2008.

Thanks to "Imperfect Reader", who made a comment this date.

However, I doubt you are imperfect: HH reserves that title for literates such as Hitler, Mao, and Nixon. You are a wise reader.

FYI: I've not cheered at a sports event since high school, and then it was not really for the Cardinals, but because the enchanting Debbie L. was a member of the Spirit Squad.

Yes, I sold out in high school.

"The things we do for love."

And, yes, I was announcer for the high school competitive swim team, but that was for Mrs. Ehlen.

Humanity is one and indivisible.


Anonymous still imperfect said...

So you do think it is a "sell-out" to root, root, root for the home team. Do you disapprove of all competitive sports? If not, for whom are we allowed to cheer without selling out? May I shout hurray when my son wins the race, but not when my classmate excels?

And if you do disapprove of competitive sports, does that hold for all competition? Humanity may be one and indivisible, but we clearly differ in our gifts and talents. In an ideal world we would all support the endeavors of everyone else; but how does that work in the practical world? You may be happy to give up all sports contests, but that would be removing joy from many lives.

And what of elections? Somebody gotta win, somebody gotta lose, and I can tell by your blog you are interested in the outcome of political contests.

As the King of Siam would say (at least in the words of Oscar Hammerstein):

Is a puzzlement!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Reader Too said...

Well put, Still Imperfect.

I would also like to add something that as a corollary: competition spurs achievements that benefit mankind. If there were no competitive spirit, many scientific breakthroughs would not have been accomplished. Teams are also required for achievement in humanitarian endeavors and the arts.

It is so sad to me that HH has no affinity for groups. He misses out on so much. HH was once part of the theater establishment in New York City and undoubtedly reveled in achievement with his fellow thespians. Now that he lives in the Midwest, he eschews such activity. I suppose this supports his position of "no differentiation; all one." It would be sad to think that this would ever happen. We should all delight in our differences, and allow ourselves to grow from that.

Personally, I view my biological family as a team. Would that be a wrong affiliation, in your eyes, HH? What about friends? I also view my friends as a team.

Don't bother watching the Olympics, HH. It will just grate on you and give you ammunition to continue to say that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. I however, will watch the Olympics as entertainment. You stick with your books and philosophy, and enjoy your solitude

8:53 AM  

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