Monday 19 March 2018

Do your stuff on the pitch if you want player power

PRESIDENT Theodore Roosevelt used to say "speak softly and carry a big stick". Power and its uses are a reality of life, but today there seems to be no subtlety in how it's being applied.

Our society is divided into self-interested factions; few people seem capable of seeing the bigger picture; there is no sense of mutuality, and one has only to listen to radio phone-in shows to get the feeling that acrimony, rancour and grievance abound in the country.

Our great games of football and hurling are a microcosm of society at large. So, even on the field of sport, power is used and abused ruthlessly. There seems to be no restraint these days on people's belief that they have a right to express their own egoistical desires as vehemently as they like, and what their ego prompts them to do is, by definition, right in itself.

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