I live in SoCal so believe I understadn the devastation, the lives ruined and lost, by the fires. But whis it every fucking time something like this comes along some damn columnist or radio host or TV commentator feels compelled to remind us how unimportat sports are “in times like this”. To wit:
BTW, this doesn’t just apply to sports but to everything in life that is apparently “unimportant”
First of all, it makes it seems like that we all don’t understand where sports is in our lives and out society, etc. Like we are all single minded idiots that cannot separate when a shooter is "on fire’ and a a house is “on fire”. Honestly, it is a bit insulting.
Secondly, it is pretty much bullshit, sports are important in our modern culture. To millions of people it provides them entertainment, community and involvement that they value. Is it the most important thing? Of course, not. Sports is one of those things, like art and literature and porn, that elevates human life from the daily drudgery of existence and survival that befits the reast of the animal kingdom. By elevate, I simply mean it helps make life worth living These tragedies are tragic because they ruin and take lives, and it is also tragic because it takes “life”, not the act of breathing, brainwaves, etc. but life, our connection with the world and people around us.