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Master’s Day #3

Tiger Woods didn’t play that well today. His putts just didn’t drop. Rory McIlroy played a very solid round and leads by four strokes. It is his tournament to win or lose now. KJ Choi played very steady and made putts. Angel Cabrera played lights out all day along with Adam Scott. They both shot a 67. Bo Van Pelt shot a 68. I was hoping that Fred Couples would have made a charge but it didn’t happen. There were several other big names who really didn’t do much today. Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood come to mind. They are nine strokes back. It is up to Rory.

From ESPN:

It was a roar that defines the Masters, so loud it startled even Tiger Woods.

Rory McIlroy, who already dazzled the crowd with a shot through the pines to the back of the 17th green, raised the putter in his left hand as the birdie putt turned toward the hole, then slammed his right fist when the ball disappeared into the cup.

The cheer was so clamorous that Woods, who had settled over his shot in the 18th fairway, had to back away. After all these years of crushing the hopes of so many others, the four-time Masters champ finally felt what it was like on the other end.

That moment — and right now, this Masters — belongs to McIlroy.

“I had been waiting on a putt to drop all day,” McIlroy said Saturday. “And for it to drop there, it was great timing.”

By |2011-04-10T01:01:01-04:00April 10th, 2011|Sports|Comments Off on Master’s Day #3

Racism

A friend of mine, a conservative, wrote a very thoughtful piece on racism a couple weeks ago. He has been the single look at it. I think what he has written is extremely well thought out. He begins with the question whether racism will ever die. I applaud his effort.

Racism, sexism, fat-ism and short-ism are simply variations of that old cheer “We’re Number One.” It is not simply a problem in the United States but I believe it is part of the human condition, we like to separate into clans or groups. Whether it is Republicans versus Democrats or the Longhorns versus the Sooners, we all like to be part of a group. Teenagers instinctively gravitate to those who accept them. This is exactly why gangs are popular among teenagers. It Is a feeling of acceptance and it is us versus them. It is from within these clans that our ancestors learned to hunt and fish and, most importantly, to survive. Being able to recognize those that mean us harm from those who are part of us was an essential trait for hundreds of thousands of years. We’re not in a fix that evolutionary trait in 50 years or even 100 years.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that racism is a good thing. Instead, I’m saying that racism is a part of us. Curiosity and altruism are also a part of us. This is what gives the human condition so many interesting facets. We can reach out and embrace those that are different from us. This is also essential in our evolution. If we only stayed with our clan, we would’ve become too inbred and died off. Instead, we had to have a balance. Caution and curiosity have to be balanced in such a way that we don’t na├»vely walk into strange situations which may result in our death and, on the other hand, we have to have enough curiosity in order to mingle with those who are different than we are in order to learn new techniques of hunting, fishing, preserving food and the like.

So, I don’t think I will be able to twitch my nose and have racism go away. Instead, we have to understand that we need to force ourselves to accept those who are different than we are. We need to suppress our instinct to chastise, to belittle and discriminate against those who are not like us. We are never going to get it perfectly right. In my book, this is okay. In my book if we are all aware of it and we all try to embrace our fellow man, we are on the path to enlightenment. That’s all we can ever hope for.

By |2010-09-21T07:00:34-04:00September 21st, 2010|Domestic Issues, Race|Comments Off on Racism
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