- Posted August 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What do the Paralympics mean to you?
What is the True Spirit of the Olympics?
On one hand we can look at the negative side and say how ironic it is that the only time we can come together as a world is in the name of saying “Ha ha, I’m better than you.” And on the other hand we can look at the bright side and acknowledge that the world certainly is capable of doing much worse, engaging in activities such as war, espionage, covert dealings and exploitation of one another. At least we can say we appreciate the Olympics by honoring something that is peaceful, fun and entertaining even if everyone can’t be winners.
Of course this leads to the next question(s). Is the world community capable of coming together for something that doesn’t require winners and losers? Is it possible everyone can win or is this just fanciful thinking? I searched my brain to try and come up with just one other instance where the countries of the world come together for any unifying purpose and couldn’t think of even one.
I suppose this is just a sign of our collective consciousness. I think of it like a bell curve. On the small tail end of the curve you have the most ignorant and wickedest people who are selfish and think of not only themselves but also how to gain power and control over others. Then there’s the small front end of the curve that consists of the most spiritually advanced souls that are like pioneers serving, as examples to inspire and steer society towards greater unity, love and truth. The majority of the masses fall into the center where we focus on trying to make the best material lives possible for ourselves. We’re not exceptionally divine or evil. We care for family, our friends and ourselves and then may have a little left over for our neighborhoods, communities and country.
What would it take for the world to think of us not as divided races, creeds, cultures or nationalities? Would it take a common enemy such as aliens to come with the intentions to make us all extinct? It is well known that nothing unites two people like a common enemy but does it really take a life-threatening situation for people to recognize that we are all humans? Do any of us truly enter this world rich or poor, smart or dumb, weak or powerful? Of course society makes these determinations depending upon which family we’re born into and/or what region of the world. But in truth we all simply come into this world either male or female and perhaps different shades of skin.
Upon writing this article, I thought why don’t we have a “World Peace Day”? So I decided to do a little google searching and found on wikipedia that the United Nations does actually recognize an International Day of Peace and it’s celebrated on September 21st of every year. Supposedly every country is to lay down arms on this day and not engage in battle even if they are actively at war. I'd love to see some statistics on whether or not this is actually honored. Now how many people can actually say they already knew this holy-day? Perhaps we should promote, advertise and celebrate this World Day of Peace with the same energy and enthusiasm as the Olympic Spirit! I'm just sayin...