Games of Distraction


History teaches us that emperors, kings and elites have used their powerful tentacles
to distract us with many different forms of public spectacles.

Societies have pushed competitive sports for millenniums.
Today instead of building hospitals, infrastructure or schools, the rich and many governments decide to build massive stadiums.

Rather than educating people to explore nature and be critically inquisitive,
we distract billions by reinforcing them to be aggressively competitive.

Today we are approaching total ecological downfall,
yet it seems like most people are occupied drinking alcohol, moving from mall to mall and watching games involving grown men playing with a ball.

To me competitive sports, like most of today’s established institutions, is insane.
It is designed to occupy the ignorant brain with meaningless fame and an even more meaningless name,
so people won’t start questioning whether there are alternatives to today’s obsolete monetary game,
filled with suffering and mass manipulated people where so many seem to be the same.

The world of football, soccer, racing, fighting and all other institutionalised and rivalrous sports are like religion.
It keeps people oblivious, busy and apathetic to the problems and solutions to today’s outdated trade system.

The same show repeats itself every season.
Pride, hate and mental damage are the outcomes of such commercialised physical activities that breed obedience and division.

Established sports have their own priests, gods, worshipers, events, weekly rituals, churches and rules.
The parallels are extensively evident between being a fan of Liverpool or respectively the catholic school.

Dividing yourself and even perhaps despising others for belonging to a certain group is part of the entire charade.
They generate loyalty and fanatic tribalism essential for the players and owners to get paid.

And paid they are in the millions and billions
to occupy the brains of the poor and the lower-class civilians.

Just look at the corruption and social disregard of the world cups in South Africa or Brazil.
The health and needs of the people don’t matter. It’s entertainment and making money like always that becomes the drill.

Being fit, functional and healthy does not have to be tied in with grand events and competitions.
It is only today’s economic system that financially aggrandises these games, whilst many teachers, nurses, police, electricians and so on live under poverty-stricken conditions.

What we praise and reward within today’s neoliberal capitalistic society seems backwards and requires radical structural change if we want to have an educated public capable of critical thinking and collaboration on a global scale. We must change the incentives in order to change the behavioural outcome. And in order to change incentives it clearly seems as though we must change the very foundation of our socio-economic system into a post-scarcity and post-trade world where people do what they want to do not because of financial gain, but because of genuine curiosity and passion.