Friday, June 27, 2014

The League


The intensity of the soccer fan is unmatched, at times escalating into literal mania. There's less chance of getting stampeded to death at a Slayer show.

Why the rabid enthusiasm?  Why revere such an impractical skill?  Unless you're a penguin, you can just pick up the damn thing and run it to the other end!

Hmm. Maybe that's precisely the draw: for many, making it through the mined landscape of daily circumstance is a rugged challenge, so staying balanced and nimble while hands-free becomes a metaphor for navigating adversity.

Or everyone just really likes football.

The appeal aside, if sports fanatics focused as incessantly on issues that most threaten us all as they do those flying hexagons, this might be one sweet world. Besides―if it all gets used up, wiped out, squandered with reckless abandon―there'll be no games left to play.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Caste System



Despite isolated pockets of upward mobility, society is hierarchical. The sacrifices of those below enable the surplus of those above them. The slope of the triangle may be more or less steep at a given time, but the overall socioeconomic pyramid holds, immovable as the ancient Egyptian structures.

How did it start? Which savage, monobrowed mouth-breather was the first to subordinate a fellow cave dweller?

It's been so long, this disparity, that it will take a global catastrophe to level the field.

And then so very little to spur the next shoving match.

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