I’ve just finished watching tennis on television and saw a familiar sight at the end of the match. The winner hopped around the court, throwing kisses into the air, and swatting tennis balls into the stands. The loser sat in her chair, a towel draped over her head, trying to control her sobs.
That scene, or something akin to it, is repeated in sports events around the country. One player celebrates; the other weeps. One team gets the trophy; the other gets bashed by the press as losers. One player goes home feeling the thrill of victory; the other goes home feeling the agony of defeat. It seems that in our society being anything less than the very best is considered failure.
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