lemon cent wrote:
Fair points, Finn, but I think Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best last night:
"Top five collaborations of Nations: 1) The Waging of War, 2) International Space Station, 3) Large Hadron Collider, 4) Olympics, 5) FIFA. In spite of the UN, we still wage war, so perhaps the only hope for the World is science and sports."
The Olympics are a good thing for everyone involved. Simple as that.
What he really seems to be saying is "the only hope for the world that we will have at least one thing we can agree on
" is sports. But that doesn't matter. No one is disputing the fact that the world comes together to play in the Olympics. It's obvious. Turn on a television. What we are disputing is the notion that the Olympics proves anything about collaboration beyond that we are all able to collaborate on sports. And, as theus pointed out, opportunities to make money.
Climate change will not be dealt with in any meaningful way by people ever.
I don't disagree with this. My problem with the Olympics is that it rubs the the truth of your statement in our faces. Or to me, at least, that's what it feels like. "Hey, here we are! The human race! And look what we can agree on! Who is the best at ping-pong
(i.e. wiff-waff. Hope your hiatus doesn't prevent you from posting, theus).