One of the most important reasons why I blog is to improve my writing. As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. How else can I get good at it if I’m not well practiced? The other reason is to try and undo some brainwash. To all of us, it can be downright insulting for someone to tell us that we’re brainwashed. The truth is, many are. Some are so brainwashed they don’t even realize it.
Ouch! As you may imagine, this has not sat well with everyone. I’ve been called rude and arrogant.”
In fact, the most brainwashed people may even try to teach their brainwashed point of view to others and rebuke those who reject it. Due to this, I’ve coined terms like “legal corruption”, “self-justified bigot” or “heathenistic shot caller”. Ouch! As you may imagine, this has not sat well with everyone. I’ve been called rude and arrogant. One critic even wrote to scold me saying, “who made you a philosopher?!” In that person’s mind, I needed someone’s permission to point out the cultural mentality which we have all inherited.
Take sports for example. If you’re a sports fan, you have a favorite player, a favorite team or even a favorite sport. What this means is you spend good money and time watching games, following player’s careers and supporting your team and their merchandise – hats, jerseys, wristbands, sweaters, bed sheets, curtains, bumper stickers etc. Whenever your team wins, you celebrate with food, drinks etc. Whenever your team loses you go down with them. You are a diehard fan! So what’s wrong with this? Absolutely nothing!
If you’re a sport fan, you have a favorite player, a favorite team or even a favorite sport.”
You’re a warm-blooded national of whatever country you come from and you love that team you support so much. In some cases, your team support is downright patriotic. However, here is where the brainwash comes to play. You love your team. Check. You have a favorite player or two. Check. Your support and cheer! Check. Have you ever observe who are really involved in the games you watch? In every game, there are three distinct groups of people who influence the outcome. Who are they? They are the players on each team, the commentators who report the game and the referee who officiate the game.
These are the people who influence every game. Now, you’re probably saying, “well, I already knew that”, cool. Have you watched the highlights after a game? Or read the paper the next day? Maybe you saw the report on the game on your social networking site. Did you notice that those reports were JUST about the players? Not a thing about the referee? As if to say the players showed up and played and then the outcome was based on their talent and efforts. This is wrong!
Yet, the ref played a crucial role in the game. In the end we hear players explaining, coaches being interviewed, general managers etc.”
The referee plays a major role in the game. Every call that was made, every call that was never made, all contributed to the outcome of the game. However, you never hear the commentator say, “and the _____________ team lost this game because referee so and so did not call such and such a foul”. If you think I’m being preposterous then it brings me back to the point I’m making. You have been programmed to think only about the players, so you think it’s crazy for anyone to expect the commentator to condemn or praise the ref on the game.
Have you even seen a ref interviewed after the game? Has any ref been called to explain the calls they made or the calls they didn’t make? Yet, the ref played a crucial role in the game. In the end, we hear players explaining, coaches being interviewed, general managers etc. The commentator and the ref who were also involved in the game, are abstract in accountability. Why so? Because all over the world, fans have been brainwashed to ignore the ref and the commentator and only praise or condemn the players. However, that player or team may have lost or won based on the calls that were not made during the game… *
Think about this for a sec. If you disagree, you can always sound off in the comment box below.