Steeler Nation: Nationalism On a Smaller Scale?
Posted by PintofStout on February 4, 2006
Why is it that so many people can get together and get behind something like a football team, but a group of 5 people can’t get together to protest gross injustice or cheer and celebrate a rare case of proper justice? One reason is surely the lack of varying opinion in the support of a pro sports franchise: you either like and root for them or you don’t. Also, those with homogenous opinion tend to be conveniently grouped geographically (this is where the nationalism comparison came in). Another advantage that sports fans have over more serious socio-political groups is that they aren’t that serious. The consequences of action taken by a gathering of fans for a rally or victory celebration is far less than the socio-political participants’ desired results.
These easy reasons – excuses, really – don’t excuse the incredible negligence of people for real problems. I’m not saying that cheering for a football team or taking a Sunday to immerse yourself is, in itself, bad. I’m saying someone’s priorities are seriously jacked-up if that takes precedence over the destruction of one’s freedom and liberties and the terrible injustices to individuals as a result. These issues are much harder to solve and involve much personal capital, but this is no reason to avoid it. Immersing yourself in sports or television or the lives of celebrities so far that reality is completely out of site is no different than a child covering their ears, closing their eyes, and shouting loudly to drown out an unfavorable reality.
I’m asking: can we please grow up, open our eyes, and stop ignoring anything that isn’t pleasing to our perception of reality? Who knows, maybe the games will be that much better when taken as part of a whole reality.