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Olympic phenom's "hubris" damned
Submitted by Ptgymatic on Wed, 2008-08-20 16:57
The phenomenal sprinter, Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, was repeatedly criticized on U.S. tv for looking back at trailing runners during his races. He's being arrogant, the commentators opined, he's looking around as if to say, "Where are you?" to the rest of the field. He's going to have to learn how to act, they insisted, his behavior is intolerable!
I haven't seen Bolt interviewed, and don't know what his attitude is. However, that he must be careful not to hurt the feelings of the lesser competitors is pure envy, whatever his intention. Looking back reflects how extremely superior he is. It shows that he knows how extraordinary he is, and that is what is intolerable to the commentators and the mentality of the masses. Notice that his knowing his own superiority implies he recognizes others' inferiority! That is the essence of envy, the neurotic sensitivity of inferiority. Spectators can cheer for great performances, as long as the performer isn't proud of himself. Mere pride--justified, appropriate pride-- is experienced as an insult to the average person, and especially to media personnel.
Another interesting situation: After Mark Spitz won his record seven gold medals, he declined being photographed by the media. He had his own photos taken, and tried to sell them. His effort to make money from his achievement was roundly criticized, and in fact worked to tarnish his popularity.
Now, however, NBC is selling a video of Phelps' performances, advertising it right on the screen during their Olympic coverage!! I wonder if Phelps is getting the lion's share.
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