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Olympianity

February 27, 2010

Turns out I’m going to be in Vancouver during the men’s gold-medal hockey game between Canada and the U.S. this weekend. Do I care much about hockey? No. Am I excited anyway? Yes! I’m excited to wander around downtown through the masses of hopeful fans and soak up the anticipation. I usually hate fighting crowds, but this crowd is going to be a whole different animal. It’ll be the kind of crowd you just have to give yourself over to; don’t fight, don’t flee, just hang on and let it carry you where it may.

I, typically, don’t know what to think of the controversy surrounding the Olympics here. On the one hand, I certainly agree that more money and effort needs to be put towards housing and social programs. On the other, if we took all the money that was allotted for culture and entertainment – not just sports, but music, art, theatre, etc. – and funneled it into more important pursuits, what would that do to our cities? Would they be places anyone would want to live anymore? Can quality of life be measured by the quantity of money thrown at it?

I like to ask questions and not answer them – have you noticed?

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One Comment
  1. Blair permalink
    March 31, 2010 11:39 am

    A valid point.

    I often find any location has to sacrifice some “logical” choices for “illogical” ones to provide the location a positive distinction. They key is to have people not focus on the negative. Obviously those effected by the negative will take notice, however usually the majority is so pleased with the entertainment value provided, they can accept the negative.

    We could feed the world, we could have world peace. But it would take a massive amount of sacrifice and acceptance. 2 things that most members of the human race have absolutely no desire to do to the fullest extent, me included, even if they agree it is a good idea.

    People are selfish. And because of that instead of putting money towards social programs to feed the hungry, work on drug addiction and curb injustice…it goes towards sports, arts, leisure and anything else fun. To reward those who succeed in the rules of survival we as a society abide by.

    Even if it makes no sense at all.

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