Are they Entertainment? A Metaphor? Or a Big Distraction?
I’ve never enjoyed watching or playing sports, choosing instead to focus on the arts, including the physical art of dance. But I think the draw of sports is based in what anthropologist Victor Turner called “communitas”, the feeling of going through a strong experience with other people. Different people seek our communitas in different ways. I prefer theatre, others prefer sports, some prefer ritual/religion. The need for common experience is a strong biological and psychological imperative in humans so we seek it out in many ways.
Anya,. I meant to ask about this because to the Greeks athlete super stars lived very well with great respect. Today universities hand out athletic scholarships as well as scholarly ones. Track and field forever.
Value as in 'What's it worth to me?', or, 'What is my judgement of its importance to my life?'; but I ask, 'Is it at all to determine a disport nature because otherwise we end up making of them what we will.' Entertainment. Distraction. Metaphors for unaccountable things in life, imagined.
So jealous of you. I spent two weeks on a job in the Paris of the South a number of years ago and I've been itching to go back... not just for the steaks and wine, but the ambiance that is Argentina and her people.