Nearly every day, especially in this first – year of the administration, of President Donald Trump, we are confronted with real, and/ or perceived risks, challenges, and so on, both, at home, in the United States, in addition to internationally. Obviously, the threat of terrorism, if according to some theology, or emotional issues, is real, and, often, somewhat, frightening! Every two decades, either the Summer or Winter Olympics, are held, on a rotating basis, and, at these, international adversaries, come together, to try to win medals, based on accomplishments, without regard to their national strengths, etc! Wouldn’t it be nice, if we could all, come together, in the real world, like in the Olympics, and be able to oppose and compete, in a peaceful fashion, instead of the often – vitriolic one, otherwise? Here are 3 compelling facets, and examples.
1. Competition, but sportsmanship: Rather than threatening others with devastation and annihilation, Olympic competitors seek to do all they can do win, and defeat their competition, but end up, exhibiting sportsmanship, and a maximum level of honor, and caring! If only, world leaders, were ready, willing and able, to pursue the maximum level of domestic success, etc, wouldn’t this be a safer, more secure, world? What the world needs now, is love!
2. National spirit, and one – world: although there may be numerous individual needs, goals, and priorities, and a useful, nationalistic spirit, etc, leaders must recognize, we share one world, and therefore, there has to be a spirit of cooperation! One example, is protecting the environment, for the common good, and while many nations have come to understand this, President Trump has been articulate an America – first doctrine, while denying, climate change science! You could not have an Olympics, if any state, chose, they were taking their ball home, and going – it, alone!
3. Being the best, versus good – enough: Olympic athletes train, to become the best in their individual sport! They realize, one just wins a trophy, if he earns it, by becoming the very best! Far too often, we witness national leaders, focus on personal self – interest, and politics, rather than accepting good – enough!
If the world proceeded, with the authentic, Olympic spirit and ideals, there would be more, willingness, to agree, to disagree! It is up to the electorate, to need this, of leaders!