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Also, I find the whole idea of sporting competition somewhat counter-productive myself. Why not have sporting collaboration instead?

I mean, take the discus. What happens at the moment is that each competitor stands on the spot, throws their discus, then goes and gets it back for the next one, who throws it from the same spot. Think how much further it would go if each thrower threw it from where the last one had got it to.

Why don't they just do that, and see if everybody working together can get it further this time than they did four years ago? If they can't, back home and try harder next time, if they can, good work everybody and medals all round.

It's not like we need any encouragement for our tribalistic and antagonistic instincts after all. If we did something that fostered ideals of cooperation and equality instead then I think we would all be better off.

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:21:26 UTC | #950695