From the sublime to the ridiculous

From grace to guns

Watching a man run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds is awe inspiring. I can relate to it because that was my speciality when I was much younger. I could run that distance in just under 12 seconds. I was fast – very fast for the time. But what does come to mind is that I was in school, I was a boy and I out ran so many both on track and off.

I love sport, I watch the Olympics well into the early hours of the morning and then the reruns later.

Watching Usain Bolt fly down that track was just pure grace. Not only did he begin to slow down at the 70 meter mark – he spread his arms knowing that he had won, but won in a world record time (rounded up) at 9.69 seconds – he actually slipped at his start. Stumbled, slipped, almost didn’t get of the mark – awesome! Work the maths out for the actual speed he was running. He will destroy the 200 meter record.

“I came here just to win, that was my aim,” said Bolt. “I didn’t even know I’d won the record till I did my victory lap.”

Bolt’s supremely self-confident run in the world’s most-watched race capped a magnificent day of sport in Beijing.

That is human endeavour – that is how we, as a species, can and out-do anything else on this planet – that is, in my opinion, sublime!

But with the sublime comes the ridiculous – and this is as ridiculous as you can get – almost.

I have tried, and I mean tried to get into the mind of those who think this way. I do find it impossible for me to do so.

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district’s superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

Why? After all that happens in this world, teachers of all things, feel they need to take weapons into class. When will the first tragedy happen?

The worst part about this is that the parents of these children don’t object – they say nothing – does that make them feel that their children are safer? A teacher with a gun? If I were to know that a teacher at my children’s school was carrying a weapon – those children would be out of that school in a second and would never return.

What mindset is it that allows such?

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

“We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, ‘What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?” he said. “It’s just common sense.”

Common sense!?


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0 Responses to From the sublime to the ridiculous

  1. Julie P says:

    On my last trip to London in May I fell into a conversation with a man from Bath. We began to trade stories about our experiences visiting each other’s countries. The conversation somehow evolved into me offering to give the Queen the state of Texas as compensation for the Revolution. The man from Bath refused my generous offer. He didn’t want the state either. The same scenario played out in the lobby bar of the hotel I was staying at. Four of us Americans attempted to give that state to some Brits. It turned into a friendly and funny exchange. None of want the state.

    Texas simply needs to cede from the Union.

  2. eksith says:

    Guns do not yield better safety.
    Guns do not yield better security.

    The 2nd Amendment is a nice pacifier for the American people as it would be impossible to successfully resist the government with weaponry should the neccesity arise.

    Think about it…
    What chance do you think 50 citizens armed with assault rifles have against just one Apache gunship?

    There are ways to maintain order without the aid of guns and to significantly reduce the occurence of crimes.

    Case in point : the Japanese.
    They love guns almost as much (maybe even more) than Americans. But it’s the parents, teachers and the social atmosphere in general that prevent such massacres in the alarming regularity we see in the States.

    As for Julie’s suggestion of secession, there’s already plenty of groups out there that already suggest just that. But I think it’s a futile exercise.

    The only state that may be able to pull this off successfully is California and even it will pay dearely for it. The state’s native manufacturing, production and other industries will probably be able to hold on by their bare teeth. Plus it’s vast shoreline will prevent import export disruption from the rest of the country.

    Texas will become a third world nation over night if it does secede from the union. So will many other states.

    I’m only pointing this out (as I’m sure Julie was only joking and was well aware of this) is that there are people who genuinely feel they have grown up in their homeland only to be foreigners themselves.

  3. PiedType says:

    Texas has advertised itself as “a whole other country” for years, and not entirely in jest. But if they seceded from the union, who would defend them from the Mexican invasion? All those pistol-packin’ teachers!?

    What on earth are we teaching our children?

  4. PiedType says:

    And I forgot to mention, Bolt’s performance was absolutely breathtaking (no pun intended)!

  5. Lisa Damian says:

    Gun-toting teachers is a phenomenon that could only happen in Texas! Their idea of “common sense” seems to dramatically diverge from the definition used by the rest of the civilized world.

  6. jozzelle says:

    That’s both alarming and extremely informative, but I think it is definitely something that if you are not prepared for the only one you’ll prospectively hurt is your child. If you take a small child to go shooting AT A GUN RANGE, let them see what a rifle does to you (LOUD, throwing you back, etc.) and they will MOST DEFINITELY fear the gun. But most importantly teach them, I think, teach them that a hand gun is just as or more dangerous than a rifle or a shot-gun, teach them that the gun evens all playing fields and if you EVER aim a gun at anyone it better be because you have to, not because you want to. No one WANTS to have to protect themselves.

  7. shane says:


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