Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The (Olympic) Games People Play
Who needs “professional” sports and games when we can all participate and have fun as “amateurs?” The root of the word amateur is the Latin “am,” meaning love. Despite the almost derogatory connotation capitalist society has assigned to the word amateur, it is an ideal worth striving for: “someone who does anything for the love of it.”
Engaging in a non-competitive form of no-win play is a healthy outlet for any human being, games founded in equality and assess to all, not hierarchy and elitist notions of who is or isn’t worthy of competing.
Once the focus is returned to participation over spectatorship, the transition can be made away from organized competition to activities where the process counts more than the score.
Competition is not essential to the mastery of athletic skills and has nothing to do with the true concept of play: the imaginative, creative, bond-forming approach chosen naturally by children.
One of my recent OWS photos:
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