London 2012 Olympics: not jumping for joy doesn't make you a traitor

Jul 28, 2012 by

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My complaint is much more basic. It is perfectly fine to be excited about the Games. It is perfectly fine to hope that they might be the best ever. What is not fine is to expect, let alone demand, that everyone share the same joyous psychological space. What is not fine is to label people as miserable traitors because they do not wish to join the hypnotic, semi-deluded mirth others feel.It’s not fine, because life does not stop for the duration of the Games. There are millions who worry about rent due in four days, who don’t know when the next job is coming – if the next job is coming; small businesses on the verge of bankruptcy; disabled folks fighting to save their benefits. The fact that you feel their complaining gets you down does not grant you the right to shush them. They’re not doing it to spoil it for you. Your fervent participation may be as intrusive to their difficulty, as their complaint is to your bliss.

London 2012 Olympics: not jumping for joy doesn't make you a traitor

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