Alright my fellow synapses, it’s that time again. Today I want to talk to you about sports, their importance to society and a small bit about their origins.
Let’s start off with their origins. Sports as we know them today are far different from what they were originally. During the time of the first sports, the word sports didn’t even exist (funnily enough the word sport is an archaic English word that means a source of entertainment or amusement).
The sports throughout time were called many different names by the cultures that created and hosted them. Each culture had its own sport but it wasn’t until the ancient Greeks and their Olympic games that sports became recognized as something important (fun fact for those of you curious. The Olympic games were first created in 776 BC, while the Roman Colosseum and its various smaller versions throughout Rome weren’t built until the 100s BC.)
Sports from then on became an important part of life. Every year thousands would gather to celebrate the Olympic games and cheered as the champions of Greece performed their duties. The Olympic games served three purposes. One it was to honor the gods, two it was to provide entertainment and a form of mass stress relief to the people, and three it brought people together and built bonds over something everyone enjoyed. The second and third purposes of sports are what we have today.
Today sports are everywhere, and anyone can join in on the fun. Our top sports of the world are: Football, American Football, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, Rugby, Hockey, and the list goes on (the sport I like is golf, yeah that’s right golf haters bring it on! I’m up for a round! Oh, sorry, got side tracked. Back to the topic!). While sports have changed throughout time, their two most important purposes have always remained same. Entertainment/stress relief, and to create and strengthen bonds.
On the outside, it looks like people who watch sports are simply driving a wedge between themselves by picking sides and growing to despise the other teams. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality it brings people together over a common interest. Yes, there are disagreements between people because of their chosen teams, but sports ultimately bring people together, people who without sports would normally have no interest in speaking with each other.
In society, sports also act as an emergency release valve, allowing people to decompress and relax, while also allowing people to find others who share their interests. To that end, we essentially have an efficient way of making sure society doesn’t self-destruct. So, with that said, let’s get to the questions, shall we?
What sport is your favorite and why? Do you believe Sports helps society or do you disagree and believe sports hinders society?
That’s all for today my fellow synapses. See you in the next topic. Don’t forget to comment below or join in on other discussions over on the forums. Have a good day, and keep learning new things.