Sunday, June 15, 2008

Finally, signs we are coming together!

Becky Hammond is a USA WNBA Alstar who recently signed with Team Russia to play in the up coming summer Olympics. After the fact she was invited to try out for Team USA. Now she is being called a traitor. The Olympics are about the common effort of athletics. There is no "team" in Olympics other than team sports, countries keep a medal count, but it has no impact, unlike track meets in the U.S. I think Becky did the right thing, she is 31, this may be her last opportunity to play in the Olympics, Russia may have a competitive team and she should take advantage to enjoy the Olympic experience.

Recent economic difficulties are being experienced world-wide, not just in the U.S. The sub-prime disaster that is creating havoc in the housing market is extending difficulties to other countries throughout the world.

Perhaps it is events like this that are starting to indicate we are all bound by common threads. Wouldn't it be nice if one day we didn't deny aid to countries because of their politics. Wouldn't it be nice if other countries took stock of their impact on the world stage before they denied there own citizens the benefits of participating in a global economy. Wouldn't it be nice if we no longer had to take issue whether or not a product was made in China because of cheap labor. There are already indications that labor rates are on the rise in China and other Asian countries. Perhaps some day the "creative destruction" that is commonplace in economic adjustment will be less chaotic and the mobility of society will be based on performance and need not nationalism. Hmm, maybe utopia is possible, but not in my lifetime.

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