Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sports and Violence


It's Griff here, and I;ve been meaning to make this post for awhile. I take some grief every now and then, as a CPF staff member and devotee of the game of hockey. Some say the ice rink is no place for a pacifist. Well, after I remind them that I don't like the term "pacifism" and prefer to call it "Christianity," I explain that sports are not the moral equivalent of violence. But are some? What about The Champ here, is he an icon of conscientious objection or a posterboy of brutality?

4 Comments:

At February 07, 2006 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ali was no pacifist, was he?

A big part of being a man is dealing with this powerful drug that's pumped into your system each day and makes you want to rape and kill. "Testosterone." Those of us with strong father figures growing up learned how to manage this problem, and divert those urges into civilized ones, in some cases using that energy to power works of gentleness and love.

Sports is one channel for that natural aggression. So I think the majority of athletics is about doing something _instead_ of violence, not a training for violence.

 
At February 09, 2006 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Teststerone makes us want to rape and kill rather it is our fallen nature. Jesus was fully man. The problem with some sports is that it desensetizes us to violence and teaches us that some violence is OK if we choose it. Does that make S&M OK?

 
At February 23, 2006 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I alsways believed in sports as an outlet for natural aggression as well as a way of getting exercise. I'm glad we have sports in schools.

 
At February 27, 2006 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know for sure that during a time of great duress and being a full fledged woman, I needed so badly to have a gym and punching bag to work out on in order to not murder in my heart and mind, that I think ones intention must set the mark of what is violence and whether an activity diminishes or encourages it. Lives could have been saved.

 

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