16 MARCH 2019 scca.com
Persian (That’s Iran, comrades)
five hundred years before Jesus,
who established an early great
empire, encompassing much of
the so-called civilized Western and
Near East world of the time.
Like so many others in
history – Alexander the Great,
the Romans, the Portuguese, the
English – this iconic greatness seems
to be built upon what I consider mere
thievery and murder, just on a grand
scale. As I stand scrubbing myself and
reading the text on the soap bottle,
it occurs to me, that is not so great.
As my brilliant historian nephew
Kamron likes to joke, as in football, it’s
the time-honored human tradition of
taking another’s property by force. In
my cosmos, this is not an honorable
pursuit. In my cosmos, all I really need
to know, I learned in kindergarten
(thank you, author Robert Fulghum).
Share everything. Don’t hit people.
Clean up your mess. This was the
optimistic youthful ideal of the
Dawning of the Age of Aquarius in
the 1960s, the decade of the Love
Generation, while in a beautiful,
Last month I blew off some steam about racing sportsmanship and the
NASCAR finish at Martinsville between
Martin Truex and Joey Logano.
Logano just shoved Truex out of the
way, a bum’s rush, and celebrated as
if he had won something. Well, not
by me, he didn’t, and so I ranted.
Several friends and readers have
written to call it my best-ever diatribe,
and I might agree, though I still really
like the one that got me into this
gig 15 years ago, “Intimidator, or
Terrorist?” Look for it on my website,
randypobst.com. But the subject is the
same: on-track honor. And I’m not yet
done with it. Will never be, in truth.
I thought more deeply into this just
the other day while in the shower.
I recently got a manly bath gel as a
gift, themed after ancient “great”
conquerors. Cyrus, in this case, a
tortured little country called Vietnam,
reality argued otherwise in the form
of “establishment” priorities.
I feel my own writing as coming
from that kind of Aquarian utopia:
love one another. Unless you have
to kill them. Aggression is built into
survival on this Earth. Like the life
of lions. Cat eat cat. There’s always
another looking to take your pride and
territory, but our choices can control it
and use it for good, like the challenge
of close, hard-fought, limits-stretching
competition. As in that favorite column
of mine in the way back, an honorable
battle where in the end, win or lose,
on-track rivals, enemies, even, can look
each other in the eye and feel mutual
respect. Like in Little League – good
game, hand tap; good game, hand
tap, good game.... Sportsmanship.
If this is a chosen goal for our
beloved sport, and it certainly is one
for me, then because of our eons
of well-developed human instincts
to conquer by force, sportsmanship
must be taught, guided, and enforced.
I consider it part of humankind’s
evolution to a higher plane. On a larger
(MORE) PASSING WITH HONOR
“This iconic greatness seems to be built
upon what I consider mere thievery
and murder, just on a grand scale”
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