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Winning without gold : Comments

By Rafe Champion, published 16/1/2009

The most important thing in sport is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.

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The Olympics sucks!

I much prefer the attitude to sport expressed in the book Body Mind & Sport by John Douillard. And in the work of Stewart Brand, Pat Farrington and Andrew Fluegelman via the New Games Movement of the 1970's.

Which was swept away by the hard-edged techno-"realists" via and during the Reagan/Thatcher years. And subsequently completely forgotten.

There is a sign on the wall on my Aikido dojo: We are here to be the best that we can be. Implying that this is not a place where you compete against an "other", but a place of continual self-discovery and of pushing through ones presumed limitations. Ultimately to the degree that one discovers that there is no "other" to compete against.

The work of Ralph Stauch in his book The Reality Illusion is also very much about this theme too.
Posted by Ho Hum, Friday, 16 January 2009 11:23:36 AM
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