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PRIDE IN SPORT INDEX: might it do more harm than good?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Lifestyle, sport

The other day six Australian sporting codes signed up to the “Pride in Sport Index”. *

Namely: Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia, and Water Polo Australia.

This Index, published annually, will score organisations on the support they offer homosexual and “transgender” players, staff, and fans — thus “ranking their inclusivity”.

The Index notion follows a 2015 study which reported Australia having the highest number (13 percent) of gay men saying they were not “at all accepted” in sport — compared to Canada with 5 percent.

And nine out of 10 such young people saying they “could not be honest about their sexuality” fearing discrimination from coaches and officials.

Some people may welcome the Index scheme, as making it safer for this category of person to “be themselves” which is everybody’s “right”.

Think harder.

For example, shoplifters/arsonists/alcoholics must — for the sake of society and for their own betterment – please sacrifice their “right” to be “themselves”.

The problem with “Pride in Sport” is that it is, in fact, a form of pride.

Pride — the worst of all sins — and the basis of all other sins.

* www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-16/pride-in-sport-index-launched-to-rank-support-offered-to-lgbtiq/7249882

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CHEATING AT SPORT A BIG MULTINATIONAL INDUSTRY: hard to think what to do to stop it.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Ethics, Money, sport

An old man was teaching his grandson to play chess – as an incentive offering him lollies if he managed to win.

During each game grandpop would wander off for a while. When he returned, sometimes his rook or a couple of pawns or something would have disappeared from the board.

The boy was winning a few games.

Grandpop didn’t comment.

Later on however the boy stopped having any wins — although some contests were close — and the “disappearances” weren’t happening any more.

They had a man-to-man talk.

“Why did you cheat?”

“I wanted lollies.”

“Why did you stop?”

“Now I want to be a good player more than I want lollies.”

This story sheds light on the current epidemic of cheating in tennis, athletics, cycling etc.

It also sheds light on everything.

Do you want to be good at being rich, famous and envied by others?

Or do you want to be good full stop?

If you’re sure that God doesn’t exist, concentrate on cheating, wheeling-and-dealing and general show-pony-ing.

If God doesn’t exist, there’s no motivation to do anything else.




MOHAMMAD AMIR GETS SECOND CHANCE: try not to be cynical about it.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Ethics, sport

Pakistani cricketer, Mohammad Amir, after imprisonment and a five-year ban for cheating, has been selected for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.

On hearing which, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali quit the training camp in protest, Azhar offering to resign as captain. But they’ve been talked into playing after all.

Amir himself says, “People madly in love with cricket, they got hurt . . . . I’m here to be good and I want to be good . . . . I’m a changed person . . . .

“I am sure they will adore me.”

Perhaps so.

* * *

Anyway, emotivist modern society with its:

Arbitrary values,

Idolatry of celebrities,

Determination to Dumb-Down every issue, and its

Side-trackability . . . .

. . . will soon forget the ethical side of things.

Aren’t Hafeez and Azhar dispensible anyway?

Their absence being likely to reduce money taken at the gate less than Amir’s return should increase it.

Money is what professional sport is about.




AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Happiness, Lifestyle, sport

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?


This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?



IAN THORPE: back in the news.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Lifestyle, sport

Ian Thorpe has told the media he is homosexual.

He is getting lots of applause.

In his book a couple of years ago, he said, “I am not gay”.

Was he lying then?

Ian Thorpe is yet another celebrity who has been destroyed by being a celebrity.

He admits to having turned to alcohol abuse to try to cope. Also “depression” pills.

Being a celebrity you have to behave like a performing monkey.

On demand.

Yes, you have to keep performing at a certain level on demand — or you’ll be forgotten tomorrow.

You know that people don’t really think of you as a human being.

You’re being used as a small disposable cog in a monster industry.

Anyway, Ian Thorpe is now getting more applause.

For what exactly?

For signing up as a cog in yet another industry determined to use him up?

I refer to the “gay-rights-same-sex-marriage” industry.

Has he turned to them in despair – a last cry for help in a world that won’t let him be normal?

Is Ian Thorpe “gay”? Or is he just lonely?

Does he know which it is himself?

Pray God he finds somebody to turn to who is interested in him for his own sake.




AMBITION: what to aim for in life.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Lifestyle, sport, Youth

The neighbourhood primary school recently had a “career day”.

The newspaper interviewed five students (aged 9 and 10) asking “what they wanted to be when they grew up”.

They replied:

“an AFL football player”

“a soccer player”

“an Olympic swimmer”

“a famous gymnast”

“a famous motor-bike rider”

Was there something wrong with the question?

These sound more like answers to: “What might you do in your spare time?” Not to what you want to be . . . .

Surely a person who grows up will want to be . . . a good parent, a good worker, a good follower of their faith — something like that.

These children seem already to be dupes of the celebrity cult/culture, in which celebrities get rich and famous by not really growing up.

These children would be almost impossible to talk out of their now ingrained obsessions.

Probably nobody will try anyway.

To do that would need parents willing to be counter-cultural — which requires bravery in today’s world.