So I am watching this week’s episode of Toddlers and Tiaras. No, this is not going to be a post about this TV show. But only because I already wrote about it last semester. You can read that post here.
What I want to talk about is competition. I think competition is healthy. I think it teaches us to strive to greater things and push us past our limits. Having someone (or something) as a goal for comparison, to not only reach but also to surpass, gives us a sense of accomplishment, which I don’t think enough of us are able to achieve often enough.
This is the season for competition. Super Bowl XLIV is coming up in just one week.
[Are these not the corniest pics ever? I felt like I hit the jackpot on this google search!]
And this weekend is the Miss America Pageant.
[yes. Equally as corny a pic. If not cornier. LOVES it!]
And registration for the SAT is due in only two weeks. You remember what chaos that caused in your life those last years of high school, doncha?
I am not sure that competing without an actual base of comparison can be defined as competition. For example, you might remember this incident from the 2002 Winter Olympics:
Bradbury won this race. I don’t mean to totally negate this athlete’s ability and all his years of training—I mean, he made it to the Olympics fer cryin’ out loud. But c’mon. He won the gold medal because everyone else wiped out. So is this a true competition? The reality of it is that he was the last in the pack and would have had the slowest time had the fools in front of him not crashed into each other.
It makes me think about how competition among children today has changed so that each child receives either a trophy or ribbon of some sort just for participation. I am not certain what this teaches children. Because the reality of it is that in life, there are winners and losers.
This also makes me think about the student that thinks they deserve “at east a C” because they at least “did do the project.” But that’s a completely different argument. Right?
I offer the topic of competition for discussion since, well. You know what begins on February 12.
Just getting you all prepped and ready.