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.”