My wife and I were discussing our ticket purchases for the 2012 London Olympics (we live just a short train ride away) and the subject of taking in some of the paralympic events came up.
It was a short discussion. Considering that we are both sports fans and fair-minded liberal (and liberated) 21st century adults. We both agreed that the paralympics holds little to no interest for either of us.
This seems slightly at odds with the amount of fervour that the media tries to instill in us every 4 years. Are we very much out of touch with popular opinion here?
It is remarkable what humans can achieve even when under severe restrictions but I confess the actual competition leaves me cold. I wonder if it is to do with the endless segmentations and classifications? Perhaps that is too reminiscent of the “everyone must win a prize” mentality of 70’s UK schooling.
I don’t know, I do know it isn’t a view I’m particularly proud of, and not one for polite dinner table conversation but I’d be interested to hear other opinions.
We’re not the only ones who feel this way are we?