Letter of the day

Andy Galligan writes:

“Once again you have written a thoughtful article that can make a conscientious person stop and reflect. I also think your early upbringing shows. Star Wars was right:  there is an attraction (fatal?) to the Dark Side — particularly in the field of entertainment. 

“How drawn our populace is to violence on the stage, silver screen and video games.  The Romans had their gladiators and the Middle Ages their jousts.  And then there were “choose your weapon” duels.  Modern times have seen excited hordes drawn to football, rugby, boxing matches of all sorts (even bare knuckled), and bull fights.  Spectators are enthralled by those who risk their necks in derring-do feats on the high wire and in racing venues. 

“Basketball has ceased to be a no-contact sport, hockey fans look for fights to break out, and baseball fans relish take-out plays.  The journalist and long time war correspondent Chris Hedges even speaks of the addiction to the rush of war … And who would ever have watched Gunsmoke or any Western if there was not ever going to be the final shootout?  Then too there is that attraction shared by many to bloody cock fights and dog fights. 

“I would say that strong evidence points to the fact that we are indeed an evolutionary species — with some ways to go before reaching the stage of a humane humanity that puts inestimable value and appreciation on the virtues of compassion, mercy, caring, gentleness and tenderness that are such a necessary part of the Golden Rule that most if not all the major religions preach. ”

It is clear money mattered most to the NFL as evidence grew that football destroys players’ brains. If money is all that matters to them, then a boycott seems the only way otside the courts to voice the need for change.

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