Winning at all costs.
Every single Olympic athlete you see over the next 2 weeks, whether they win or lose, has maintained a single-minded focus on winning for YEARS.
Friends, took 2nd place.
Financial responsibility, took 2nd place. In fact, they became a financial black hole for every family member and sponsor they could find.
Education, took 2nd place.
Relationships, took 2nd place.
Family took 2nd place.
Nothing in this entire world was more important to them than winning every single competition and proving to the world that they were better than everyone else at what they do.
That is some pathological fucked-uppedness right there.
There is nothing to be admired about someone who is totally absorbed in themselves and their own pursuits to the exclusion of everything else.
These aren't role models.
They are text book examples of how NOT to be a caring, well rounded, productive member of society.
Perhaps you sports fans can enlighten me.
Out of all the Olympic medalists in history, how many have cured a disease, sheltered a homeless person, fed the hungry, made a scientific breakthrough that changed the world for the better?
If we took all of the money in the world that is WASTED on sports and poured it into basic scientific research in life sciences and physics, we would have all of the energy we could ever use, everyone could live forever and no one would have to go without the basic necessities of life.
The only bigger waste of time, energy, emotions, finances and resources in the world is organized religion.
But don't get me started on that!