Noam Chomsky and Murray Sperber, amongst others, have tapped into the idea that sports on a professional level distracts us from more important matters. Perhaps the best way to provide evidence for this theory would be the football world cup. This tournament was contested by millionaires on the poorest continent on earth where countless people starve to death. The choice between feeding the poor or football tickets probably never crossed many fans minds during this tournament. A football fan just got their football tickets for South Africa and that was the end of it.
Years ago Dr. Albert Schweitzer was asked by a reporter, "Doctor, what's wrong with men today?" After a moments though he replied "Men simply don't think!". That answer has every fanatical sports fan written all over it.
Closer to home we have Leeds Rhinos that I myself invest a lot of time in. I spend many hours on the forums and watch the games. All this takes up a big chunk of my week and Iím grateful because without Leeds Rhinos they would be a big void in my life - no distraction. All the money Iíve spent on Rhinos stuff could probably provide food and shelter for someone much less well off than myself. The millions spent on sport could probably feed the world for years without one person starving to death.
Now I canít go around blaming myself and fellow sports fans for the reason on why bad thrives in our world today. I canít even go around blaming the politicians and their puppet masters. We are all in this together whenever we like it or not.
Lets face it we live a tragic existence and we need distraction, whenever thatís fancy holidays for the ruling class, or sport for the other classes. The world is gradually getting tolerable for everyone but weíll always have our problems and there will always be the 'truly poor'.
All we can do is choose what to watch, and I choose Leeds Rhinos.