Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Summer of the Passing Parade
It's time to turn our attention away from the manufactured drama of the Conventions to become immersed in that other dishonest spectacle: The Olympics. Yes, the bureaucrats weasel their way to the top and demand to stay in place. Countries and cities are thrown into financial ruin over the prize (?) of hosting the games. Bribes and drugs emerge as scandal but always live for another day. And yet . . .
I love watching the Olympics. The Parade of Nations gives a glimpse of how things could, but never seem to be: people from around the world wearing their national identity as they peacefully walk side by side. The games are a benign way to harness the human urge to compete and excel.
The Conventions and the Olympics have the power to stop us in our tracks. Last week the Muslim father woke us up with his profound dignity. I will be looking (and hoping) for a "John Carlos moment" in Rio.