Winners and Losers

A woman friend of mine recently took up the game of squash which, for you workout buffs out there, claims to burn more calories per hour than any other sport.  After she played a match recently, I asked her how it went.

“We didn’t keep score” she said. “We just played for fun.”

Huh?  What in the world could possibly be fun about not keeping score?

Here’s an insight into the old XY combination again.  We live to compete and keep score. We can’t imagine how anyone wouldn’t want to know who’s the fastest runner, the strongest weightlifter, the smartest test taker, the tallest, the richest, or who has the most expensive watch or the fastest car or the best of anything else.

We believe in the system of winners and losers. We think one learns an important life lesson when one tries really hard for something and doesn’t get it.  We believe that some people shouldn’t make the team or get the part in the play or get into the club (or fraternity or sorority or secret society or whatever).  The rest of our real lives will be filled with real life lessons like this, except they’ll be way more important — getting or not getting the job, or the promotion, or even the girl.  We believe it’s important to learn how to accept that you win some and you lose some.  Everyone can’t come in first.

Further, we believe that the “everyone gets a trophy” routine is contributing to the wussification of America, and we are not going to stand for it any longer.

When we get all competitive, let us. Encourage us. Revel in the notion that ultimately, we’re trying to be faster, stronger, smarter, taller, richer, or just plain better because we’re wired to want to impress you. We’re fighting for your attention and favor.

And remember what they say about the man with the biggest feet.

He has the biggest shoes.

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