Sport and character : reclaiming the principles of by Craig Clifford, Randolph Feezell

By Craig Clifford, Randolph Feezell

In an period whilst our information is full of reviews of athletes who run amok at the box, at the court docket and in the street and while dishonest through gamers and coaches has develop into part of the day-by-day discourse, sportsmanship hasn't ever been a extra well timed subject. ''Sport and Character'' might help these desirous about recreation take on the real classes of sportsmanship by means of encouraging them to perform and educate appreciate for opponents, Read more...

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If it’s true that kids nowadays do have to work themselves into a violent frenzy in order to be competitive—and the truth is, plenty of kids nowadays don’t—then the response is not that we have to coach or educate them differently because they are different from the kids of previous generations; rather, if they are different it’s because we’ve coached and educated them differently, and because all of the cultural forces have educated them differently. In education there’s always this chicken-and-egg situation.

Because it’s better for human beings to be courageous, disciplined, fair, honest, responsible, humble, and wise than not to be. The complex of character traits that we refer to as the virtue of sportsmanship is “useful”—good character helps us to win games, run a business, develop friendships—but we should be careful not to reduce sportsmanship to a mere expediency. Why sportsmanship? Because good character is good for its own sake, whether we are “rewarded” for it or not. Or, in traditional ethical terms, sportsmanship is its own reward.

When it does happen for us, it’s wise to feel proud of our achievement but at the same time lucky to be there. In that sense, the athletic experience goes beyond the development of character and the calculative understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses; it is an opportunity for a kind of wisdom. Although we may not go so far as to endorse the total selflessness of Zen Buddhism, we can say that sport sometimes does provide an experience of a kind of spirituality that transcends the arrogant egoism that characterizes so much of our culture.

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