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July 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

The Olympics.

No other two words inspire images of just how triumphant the human spirit is. How glorious it is to compete for the honor of your sport, your country, your spirit. They have been with us for hundreds of years. But are they still relevant in today's world?

Since we have the question above. Lets try and figure out why human beings have such an important urge to compete. It is through competition that we find out the depths of who we are, what we stand for and whether our dreams get fulfilled or not. That is the nature of the human psyche. But in today's era with struggling world economies, wars and political instabilities, are the games actually worth it? Do they still hold the same revere?

Many countries in the past have used the games as a medium to push their own political or national agenda. At times the games have been used to try and show superiority of nations due to the underlying tones that the host nations (and some participants) have brought to them. This follows the principle of needing to be on top and to crush your enemies. In a modern world? Is that truly needed?

I know we have heard many many times about how human beings should be helping each other out in the sense that we are all brothers and sisters in this world and that until we forget our petty differences we are all doomed. And I agree. I cant begin to count how many times I have seen an event in the games that is either track or field and you see the grit and determination that was shown. The sheer pride in knowing that even if you didn't win a medal, you still had the pride to be able to call yourself an Olympian. The true love and compassion and respect among the competitors and camaraderie shown. It could teach us all a thing or two about what really matters in this world. That feeling of joy and sheer exhilaration. I honestly think that the games have an incredible power to remind us why we do what we do and that we as a species and as people still have a long way to go.

So lets forget about the major problems we may have in our lives for just a moment. Let that Olympic magic enter our minds, our hearts and our lives, so that we may be entertained, enthralled and left in awe. Perhaps... it will make us better people. And it is my hope that it makes this world a better place.

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