Nearly every day, especially in this first – year of the administration, of President Donald Trump, we are confronted with actual, and/ or perceived threats, challenges, etc, both, at home, in the United States, as well as internationally. Obviously, the threat of terrorism, whether based on some theology, or emotional issues, is real, and, often, somewhat, scary! Is the rhetoric of Mr. Trump, comforting and unifying, or vitriol – based, adversarial and confrontational? Every two years, either the Summer or Winter Olympics, are held, on a rotating basis, and, at these, international adversaries, come together, to attempt to win medals, based on achievements, without regard to their national strengths, etc! At this year’s events, held in South Korea, for example, North and South Korea, have formed a joint, united team, even though, the leader of North Korea, has often threatened the rest of the area, with devastation, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice, if we could all, come together, in the real world, like at the Olympics, and be able to oppose and compete, in a peaceful manner, rather than the often – vitriolic one, otherwise? Here are 3 compelling aspects, 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 highest degree of honor, and caring! If only, world leaders, were ready, willing and able, to pursue the highest degree of national success, etc, wouldn’t this be a safer, more secure, world? What the world needs now, is love!
2. National spirit, plus one – world: While there may be numerous individual needs, goals, and priorities, and a helpful, nationalistic spirit, etc, leaders must recognize, we share one world, and therefore, there must 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 continues to articulate an America – first philosophy, while denying, climate change science! You couldn’t have an Olympics, if any nation, decided, they were taking their ball home, and going – it, alone!
3. Being the best, versus good – enough: Olympic athletes train, to become the best at their individual sport! They realize, one only wins a medal, 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 true, Olympic spirit and ideals, there would be more, willingness, to agree, to disagree! It’s up to the electorate, to demand this, of leaders!