Recently, a college student by the name of Jack Taylor, scored 138 points in a basketball game, the most points in a single college game.
Many people, the majority, marveled at the stats. He was money from the 3pt range and when given 108 chances to make a basket, chances are one is going to rack up the points.
After the initial shock of the shear amount of points and attempts went over those paying attention, the “holier than thou” commentators began to run their mouths.
None more than the author of the article linked above, Mr. Mills- an opinion contributor to CNN.
Mills is a recent author of a book that talks about America’s rise to superpower status. I haven’t read it, but if my studies of human psyche proves correct, then his argument against Mills must be similar to the American Superpower story.
Resources. Opportunity. Esteem.
Let’s face it: we live in an environment that celebrates winners and shuns losers. No matter if it is in business, love, friendships, boardgames, sports, politics, or otherwise, or society likes winners.
It is only a recent development that our society is beginning to care in which manner, winners win.
Fairness, in other words.
Let’s play a game. Let’s say that you were presented two options. The first one being that your team would win a game big, and you would be the primary reason why your team won. The second option being that your team won, but you were just a part of it. Neither option has a down side. You win either way. Which one would who choose?
It’s our nature to want to be the hero. And society reinforces it by celebrating unreal activities and deeds by individuals. So of course, if a talented young player has the opportunity to do something special, why wouldn’t he take the chance? For fairness sake? Please.
As people, athletes, authors, move around using their resources to be looked up at as heroes and experts, you cannot possibly expect me to criticize this kid for wanting to have a special night.
I’d blame society.