Monday, January 16, 2006

The Philosophy of Winning


I was watching tennis recently, and was struck by something. In order to be a great sportsman, you have to be hungry for the win. In sporting competitions, there is only one winner. Given that the cost of winning a tournament is that everyone else loses, the whole thing doesn't seem very virtuous.

If sporting attitude was carried across into, say, social justice, we would live in a fairly ugly world. I suppose in actuality, many of the top performers are adequetly paid for their skills, and they do contribute to our economy.

I was just struck by the idea of being driven by the desire for victory simpliciter over victory for the sake of other things.

I'm pretty sure Plato covered this already, now that I think about it, but it seems that the struggle for victory is in fact entertaining, and resonates with us, even though it is in itself a valueless end.



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