I am sure many editorials and perspectives will be written about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There have been the wonderful world record breaking times and medals won by the athletes. There are the stories about the host country China and the major impetus these Olympics have been to that country’s world perception. My take is little more introspective in nature.
I hope what we take from these Olympics is the lesson that we, as human beings, can get together in peace despite our racial, cultural, religious and political differences. The Olympics allowed us to celebrate the best in our youth. Yes, there were medals given out but there were no real losers. This was a celebration about pushing human abilities further and the demonstration of the ever persevering human spirit. We must have a world where we can nurture the very values and spirit found in these games.
We have wasted the blood of our youth in senseless battles over real estate and energy sources; over religious zealouness and age old racism; and over greed and power. We have neglected the planet and the poor where now many of our young people are dying of starvation and disease. We rather kill ourselves and hurt others at the same time rather than take the more noble ( and difficult) road of working and negotiating out a solution. We rather point fingers at others and segment a population to use as scapegoats instead of accepting a problem as “our” issue and working “together” to solve it.
So, as we look to 2012 when the games will reconvene in London, I hope we would have all done our part by then to bring the spirit of the games to our every day lives, our families and our community. I hope we can look back at that point and say, ” The world is a little more safer, more at peace, more green, and our youth are filled with more promise about their world and their future.”
Some scenes from the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics