The Life You Save May Be Your Own
by, 02-29-2008 at 05:04 AM (889 Views)
I just read a short story by Flannery O'Connor called The Life You Save May Be Your Own. I really liked that title, so that's why I named this blog entry what I did. She's a really good writer of short stories. I've yet to read either of her novels, but they're on my list. It's a shame she died so young.
Anyway, I've been wanting to write about something that has been bothering me for quite some time. In order to do that, I feel that I must offer some insight into my personality:
I love baseball.
I love watching baseball, I love talking about baseball and I love playing baseball.
If you don't love watching baseball, or talking about it, that's fine. I don't enjoy watching basketball or hockey, but plenty of people do.
However, some non-sports oriented people seem to have this mindset that sports are pointless and a complete waste of time to watch. Even on this forum, people have expressed that sentiment to me.
People constantly tell me that I should go out and play baseball instead of watching it. However, I don't have the option to go out and play baseball with the very best players, so it's fun to watch those people. Watching the raw energy in games is incredible. Sitting down to a game between two teams with a fierce rivalry, and watching them play a solid ballgame is quite exciting.
Additionally, it's no more a waste of time than anything else we do to pass the time. I have a friend that thinks watching professional sports is a gigantic waste of time, but somehow thinks that spending an hour or two a day on YouTube watching pointless videos isn't.
If you don't find yourself entertained by baseball, then don't watch it. I don't find myself entertained by fantasy or the majority of science fiction writing, so I don't read it. But don't consolidate professional sports into a box and look down on people who enjoy them. It's silly. There's no less merit to sports than to writing, just as there's no more merit to sports than to writing. It's all the same.
I can't think of any way to end this blog entry, so here's a photograph of Katie Couric with a strange look on her face: