AddLiving in an (UN)real world – Where are we heading!
As capitalism demands exponential growth and record breaking profits each year, so goes sport. Yet despite this growing evidence that these achievements are fake, they draw an ever growing audience, paying ever greater ticket prices.
The world of Economics is in chaos. The term ‘Economist’ has now shifted from referring to anyone who is involved in the theory, teaching or application of economics, to denote simply one variety of economist or economics – neoliberal economics (be it classical or neoclassical). This is a big issue because this brand of economics is not based in a scientific method of research, critique and challenge, but anti-scientific, rank ideology.
This thought, once you’ve had it, demands something of a person. It demands a quest for the real world – new facts, new ideas and justice. It is terrifying and exciting to be one of those sliding their seats back from the table of the Mad Hatters Tea Party, standing up and meeting the eyes of others doing the same.
The real wonder is not in trinkets and tokens, but our capacity to care for ourselves, each other and our planet.
One of the most common dismissals of those trying to make the world a better place is ‘get real’. Ironic, given the complete distortion of reality that governments and corporations are creating for us today. Our beef is horse, our horses are on steroids, our money is debt, and our public services are private. Daily life seems to consist of a Mad Hatters Tea Party where people are sipping imaginary tea and scoffing from empty plates as they occupy an ever less real world.
How much of the high performance we see in the world of sport is natural human endeavour, and how much is an unattainable result based on performance enhancing drugs?
The world of cycling’s biggest hero, Lance Armstrong was found to have been part of an extremely sophisticated doping regime. Armstrong had won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, despite undergoing treatment for…
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