I’m actually looking forward to the Olympic games. I like the community which is created out of sharing the occasion plus some of the sports are just a lot of fun to watch (hello beach volleyball). It is, after all, basically an epic sports day.
It’s certainly a fun way to spend the month as a spectator. For the athletes, too, I’m sure it’s just enjoyable to be there – not to mention the honour of representing your country. It’s fun to light the torch (thank you Amsterdam 1928) with all the drama of the Vestal Virgins in Olympia. It’s even fun to watch the torch relay (thank you Nazi Germany 1936 – yes, an appropriate use of Godwin’s Law – they were fans of human and nationalist accomplishment). And I’m pretty sure that when Pierre de Coubertin envisaged the modern Olympic ideals he did so from an honourable place (and I don’t just mean Paris).
However, if one observes and measures the branding restrictions on ticket buyers (you can’t wear non-sponsor shirts in the crowd), the requirement of certain torch bearers to be chosen by the sponsors, the debt host countries are put into, the attempts by athletes to take drugs and bypass testing, and the intensity of marketing and over-consumption during that month then one is left feeling understandably disillusioned. Not only do almost no spectators know the original Olympic ideals (probably the perfect example of subjective dogma) almost none of them would implement them on a daily basis during the four years between each event.
I think the Olympics are fun. They entertain, they inspire, they amuse. But that’s about it. I have never read nor heard of anyone in my life who didn’t cheat on their wife, lie to a friend, hurt a loved one, or steal something because of the Olympics. I’m not saying no-one has ever used that line but it would be a rare rare thing.
I like measuring and observing – it’s a good thing (and I studied to work as architect). But I’ve not yet observed anything other than that God (regardless of denomination or dogma) is real.
And now it’s time to get excited about that beach volleyball…
“I have never read nor heard of anyone in my life who didn’t cheat on their wife, lie to a friend, hurt a loved one, or steal something because of the Olympics. ”
Although I’m sure it’s a powerful though, I don’t believe people actually avoid these things due to dogma either. Empathy and fear of _actual_ punishment are quite sufficient. Otherwise we ought to see disparity based on varying worldview, and even geological location – but largely do not.
Anyway, the point was that it’s not very weird at all for the “everyman” to look up to individuals who portray their values, even country, is positive light. It’s a rather romantic view, no doubt, but not exactly surprising either.
“But I’ve not yet observed anything other than that God (regardless of denomination or dogma) is real.”
I’m not really sure what this even means,but I’m all ears if you’d like the share your epistemology wrt this claim.