it is a mystery to me how we all treat each other in the united states. Lately, it seems our social decorum and common sense is eroding at an accelerating rate. when you read the declaration of independence it has the great ideal that all men are created equal. The reality is not quite there- but one would hope that man would make a choice to alter the human condition, and instead of blaming everyone else and doing nothing to change themselves - we might change ourselves and value each person equally – as a human – and societal change might have a chance for that equality to happen.
I really hoped not to publish this ramble, but the lunacy of individual rights vs. social norm with the flag of the united states is insane. as a species, human beings can collectively behave like a giant ant hill of stupidity sometimes…. I just never thought it would be our president and the cream of the crop athletes in the country. Both have valid points, yet, everyone is crying “equality!” when that is about as far from reality as it gets.
if they want equality, professional sports would look really boring and diluted as it would be required to hire so many people of each ethnic, racial, and sexual make-up. what would the excuse be then? reverse discrimination based on talent and ability? there would be a lot of really gifted athletes unemployed watching a lot of less talented people taking their spot in the “equality” driven sports leagues.
ever see a professional sports league rule book? it is a giant document that spells out pretty much 99.95% of what the league expects from its teams to create a fair and competitive environment, along with what is dictated by rules from the league to the team. In many respects, it is far more complicated than the playbook that the actual players on the team get. make no mistake, when you create a “not for profit” (I giggle) league that generates 13+ billion dollars for 2016, would also make it the 150th largest country economy on the planet according to the IMF.
I am confused with the current race issue in the united states. After traveling and working in 40-50 countries, I have met many races, creeds, colors, religions, political, social, and ethnic groups. what I found is that within each and every one, you will find amazing human beings acting with the greater intent for society, and some that act the fool. no group has a foot up on the other with righteous stupidity.
just putting that all into a global perspective has me wonder how out of touch the league, teams, owners, networks, player, unions and myself have underestimated how dumb the buying public might actually be. pt Barnum had a few quotes about consumers and human behavior, but I really am amazed watching a whole lot of bru ha ha about issues that common sense and the second paragraph of the declaration of independence should have solved, but pride/ego/money/greed/power/image all make that simple idea seemingly impossible.
I am confused about the sides all looking at the full picture, and much like many religions on the planet, they want to pick and choose what fits their perspective of what the issue is, consider the issue black and white (no pun intended) if they are being persecuted, yet, ignore the other perspectives completely – of which – all have a bit of the truth in each of them, and yet, all of them are a bit off with the reality of the perception which they believe
here is a few point of concern that blur the bigger issue:
· the NFL was paid by the marketing wing of the government to pump the message of patriotism in their games and events
· the only reason the player's union of pro sports can get away with what they do is they have power. The power is that few people can really do what they do, at the level they do. if you and I were to do what is being done, I wager we would be pummeled in the stadium and if lucky, we would only have an overpriced beer wasted on us
· the league wants its cake, and wants to eat it to. a part of me would love to see the reality of the secrets that are done behind the scenes to protect the squeaky-clean image of the league were exposed
· people want to own the teams because they are rare. Most of the team owners have enough money to pay for all of their stadiums, team, resources, etc. so why are cities and taxpayers funding stadiums and other events? why do I pay a fee in some cities where the tourists get screwed with a hotel room to pay for some stadium I will never go see an event in?
· no, I don’t get why so much money is made on “official” licensed team wear and jerseys. nor do I understand why little kids have to pay people for an autograph of their idol.
· the memorabilia market – uhm…I don’t understand that with all the problems we have on the planet, how and why this market is so valuable, of which I wonder how much of that market is fake?
· to the players? I think your job is to play football. with the short and limited lifespan, most have, take what you can. but why are 80% of players broke just 5 years after they retire? can the union or the league give some better advice to guys that are put upon pedestals and as long as they perform, they can remain there.
· Mr. president – can you just give COS Kelly your cell phone and he lets you play with it 15 minutes a day? have like a twitter break. you are human just like the rest of us, but you are put in the position of running the free world. it isn’t a reality show. a bit of humility would go a long way in restoring the office of the president
· earlier I made a comment, non-pun about black and white. who is kidding whom? this isn’t an issue of equality of all races, creeds, and colors. this is pretty much an issue of black vs white. if it were about everyone…I doubt I would have much heartburn. but when you call something one thing, yet, the reality sure looks like another – do you really expect people to take any of it seriously?
· yes, it is about the flag as well. I think the united states is probably one of the more patriotic countries with the flag on the planet. it is a flag, a symbol, something to look at, something that was paid for by a lot of people dying for it. the beauty of the constitution of the united states is that we are given a lot of freedoms that we take for granted in comparison to many countries on the planet. it is ok if you have an opinion of what you do or don’t like about the country, but it is common sense and respect. something that goes beyond a law or rule of what someone should do.
· common sense? how can we bring it back into the united states? it is ironic that the secular world is looking more and more like the lunacy of legalism in many religions. “he did that!” so, thanks to the unedited lunacy of social media today – everyone, myself included can blab about what they think and feel. the irony is if everyone kept their mouths shut, simply judged themselves, and really worked to change whatever issue they have – imagine that country if you can. pretty cool
I have no idea what just flew out of my brain, but I feel a bit better with whatever is going on with the strange times I am seeing inside the united states. it is as if so many are hurting, unhappy, unfulfilled, struggling, and just surviving and a few at the top are making the rules that really have one ask, “are they aware what life is like outside of the towers they live in?”
Nah, they appear to be clueless. The more time you spend in one environment, the more you don't notice any loonie behavior. that is the odd part not taking the time to unplug, just go take a walkabout (not with paid advisors telling you what they saw) and gaining your own experience through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. I think you saw this in the last election where the experts were so out of touch.
but hey, few read what I write here, and I am ok, as I write for myself. but I really wonder where this country is heading for the next 20-30 years. what did I write about yesterday? uncivil civility? I guess that is what we have today. everyone is trying to pretend they are righteous and politically correct while forgetting we are all humans, prone to mistakes and ideally need each other to learn to love each other.
instead of trying to have your cake and eat it too. why not make a cake and everyone enjoys a slice? it is a lot more fun when you share. but would i personally want equality in professional sports? no. The games would be watered down to a level that isn't fair. there would be a lot of talented unemployed athletes if hiring was not done on skills or merit.
wait. The league would just expand to a larger base of mediocrity and the fans probably would simply buy into the reduced quality over time and think, "this is great!"
but would sports be mixed with protests? or would we pay to go see a protest and perhaps a sporting event might break out?
what is so hard about everyone standing and showing respect for the country and putting that ahead of our individual want and wishes for ourselves?