Sports in Time
professionals, first, then sportspeople!
champions, experts, superstars & civilians coexist in a
reality that remains identical in every practical respect, much
as a car and a train may run alongside for a good while, or until
the next turn.
Athletes have had to fight for a right to
run, jump, grow muscle, etc—from day one. They had cast the
worst lot of all... Even a slave had a right to do a kind of
job... Women were maltreated for a million years but, still,
maltreated as women—for being a female... Whereas
the first athletes &
heroes weren't even allowed to be
punished for being that,
so forbidden that was—so unnatural
were neither a game of skill nor a test of
strength. Strength itself
hadn't dawned as a concept, at this
time. Darwin would have been delighted to observe that showmanship was completely unnecessary to the
business of human survival... Not that
it would have made a difference to his creed: this exuberant
anthropologist was probably too obsessed with
Darwin's idea of Survival in the Far
Sports, and military
arts did exist in Prehistoric Times, but at a
dimension of existence so rarefied, one could see it everyday and
not know what it was—much
as Radium had always been available...
Homo-Sapiens didn't use names, and though Sapiens means knowledge, these people
appear to have been too ignorant to notice that they actually
knew more than they did... Of course, Early People didn't
have equipment for sports.
Their idea of enjoying a ball-game consisted
in throwing stones at each other in some ironic imitation
of Cricket. You had to sit around a fire. Someone was bound to play
with it. The burnt Hominid
would then accuse everyone in turn, carefully
noting facial expressions—as
guilt shows in a grin. The injured
fellow would cast a stone at the suspect who—if still
alive—retaliated, because he hadn't done anything wrong!
Apes being imitative, everyone threw a stone at the fellow who
had cast the first. This one now had better start running,
but—vital to the game—while on the run he had to be
able to throw rocks at his pursuers, as they tried to knock him
down... This game was played over a million years without any
alteration, before the
Sports were a kind of
nothing to do with games, until recent Antiquity. And then, kings &
pharaohs alone could play. Knowledge of physical arts, sports & related
games was reserved for the Mighty—including high priests & military
equivalents. Normal people were
forbidden to even think of it. At best
they were kindly told that none of it would be good, pleasant or
suitable for them. Public
entertainment amounted to playing with bones, pebbles &
sticks, or cards—which learned men had designed with a view of
transmitting initiation to the Profane, all the same...
Knowledge of Sports was
In short, regular citizens could not hope to know the first thing
about athletics—and if they did
they must die, twice. First,
for knowing what one wasn't meant to know. If
the man had a flair for these things, some natural ability, he was
nonetheless accused of high treason: how else could he have known, unless some god had told
him? And this, of course, was
the highest crime of all—maintaining
presumption that divinities talk to nobodies...
Dreaming was likewise forbidden...
Dreaming is Taboo...
Someone had to realise
that sports are a line of
Sport also summarises existence—someone else must have understood this, even
|Sports, a replica of life...
Sports, as a whole, represent all we do in
order to exist, and for a living...
this viewpoint there is little difference
between physical & dramatic arts...
Theatre likewise sums up all possible variations of human act &
expression... Initially, however, theatrical expression was meant
to have a depth of expression capable of being in resonance with
Cosmos—a totality of that one may experience in fractional
glimpses, at best! An actor who had this resonance
could transfix an audience, throw everyone around in mystical state—almost
as good as what happens in a Campaign for Presidency, or even Osama making another Videotape for us...
embodies an attempt at reinstating this universal feeling in
every field of endeavour—not excluding the
The typical glamour & glitter that come with the performing arts only make up
half the reason
for their high popularity rating. They
otherwise shine by a faculty of impersonation, which enables actors,
athletes, dramatists, heroes and various artists to re-enact almost any fragment of human experience
in detail—though that experience be unknown to them, or
completely lost in time.
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