Blogs by James Rupe
Olympic Tranquility, Cause and Effect
2/15/2010 4:38:12 PM
No other venue offers such an insightful perspective of world diversity as the parade of nations during the Olympics games. From dark eyes and black hair to blue eyes and blond hair, young athletes pass within camera range; all sporting the same indivisible smile. Politics, socioeconomic and religious differences disappear in the anticipation of Olympic success. The camaraderie is evident, lasting friendships are forged, and in the Olympic village world peace is achieved
So, what is it that makes these young Spartans so compatible? Could it be because they are given equal opportunity to succeed or fail based on individual effort? Is it because they leave their ideology at home and have determined to live in harmony with one another for the short stay? Or maybe itís because people arenít so fundamentally different around the world after all?
Whatever the cause of the tranquility, itís fleeting. Lack of trust still prevails among the nations. Is there a time in the future when the world in general will reflect more of the Olympic Village attitude? I think so! When hatred, envy and fear are eradicated from the earth. And how will that happen? I suspect when there are no alternatives left.
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