THE MIND NUMBING BANALITY
OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!
Imagine arriving on Earth after lightyears of travelling through space and time to find that the alpha inhabitants reward and revere 'adults playing children's games' as some of the most valuable members of the species?
After reviewing the Forbes Wealthiest Athletes list I realised how stupid we would look and I have no doubt that the extraterrestrials would not hesitate to annihilate us. http://www.forbes.com/2004/06/23/04athletesland.html
The top two are Tiger Woods & Michael Schumacher $80 M each, and Golf and Auto Racing are such testaments to physical prowess!
Seriously, why do we sit back and let people hitting, throwing and catching spherical objects, or worse yet driving cars, make tens of millions of dollars?
It is absolutely embarrassing considering the REAL problems that plague our species.
Christopher Lasch wrote about Sports in his mind blowing book The Culture of Narcissism (1978)
" Games enlist skill and intelligence,
the utmost concentration of purpose,
on behalf of activities utterly useless,
which make no contribution to the struggle of man against nature,
to the wealth or comfort of the community,
or to it's physical survival."
Lasch goes on to say that,
"Sports substitute ideal conditions for the normal confusion of everyday life, recreating the the freedom and perfection of childhood and marking it off from ordinary life with artificial boundaries."
"It's appeal is it's artificiality!"
Instead of rewarding people who give their heart, mind and souls to bettering the living conditions of all human beings we pay exhorbitant prices for tickets or through advertisers whoring themselves for our eyeballs so that Corporations can afford to pay athletes these outrageous sums of money to play games!
We totally deserve it.
I think that Sports will start to slide in popularity as the sheer hypocrisy of the spectacle, and it's vapid value in and of itself, will lose ground to other more cerebral forms of entertainment.
"What began as an attempt to invest sport with religious significance, indeed to make it a surrogate religion in it's own right, ends with the demystification of sport, the assimilation of sport to show business."
Just think about what could be accomplished if all of this money was redirected to helping others. I think that we Earthlings deserve to be evicted.
We are ridiculous for allowing this spectacle to get so far out of hand...
don't you think that this is completely insane???!