The other day my friends and I came up with ways to bond together through sharing music, videos, and games with each other and our friends. Now I thought, how do I bring my community together? Or the entire nation? Okay, the entire nation is a bit of a stretch. But it does bring up an important point: how connected are we? You might say, “Well, with phones with us 24/7 and our data plans, we’re always connected.” I beg to differ though. For instance, you might have 1000 Facebook friends, but perhaps they are people you just met once or people you needed to talk to such as in college or at work. I also remember once how my teacher asked if the students knew their neighbors, and I think most people, including the teacher and me, didn’t have a close bond with their neighbors. The point he was trying to make was that the Mayans or some other, ancient culture in the Americas had a good relationship with their neighbors in the villages and how life had changed over time.
Then I realized, we may know people who live blocks, cities, or even states or countries away from us, but a lot of us don’t even know our next door neighbors.
“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson—they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made Fullmetal.”
– Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
No one likes pain. No one likes to make sacrifices, but when it comes down to it, we realize that they are a necessity in achieving our goals. Recently, I just suddenly started thinking about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the best anime that I’ve ever watched (Fullmetal Alchemist would be the manga equivalent). I think about all the sacrifices and struggles that Edward and Alphonse Elric suffered throughout the course of the series in order to reach their goal: getting Al’s body back. How did this all happen?
A couple of days ago I watched a video about a small community that had a bunch of kids come together and form their own soccer team and became famous. As I thought more and more about the video, I realized how sports played a huge role in our social lives. I mean, the fact that a myriad of kids came together to play a sport and go with it after years of playing shows that sports have a very powerful effect on people.
So after thinking about the significance of sports, I started researching about the importance of sports. Here’s the link I found: http://www.budgettraveladventures.com/traveltips/5-ways-sports-and-travel-unite-passion-and-culture-around-the-world/
I found some very interesting things about sports, such as the fact that during the period when General Franco ruled in Fascist Spain, Catalans were only allowed to show their flag in the football stadium or else they could be imprisoned or even tortured. Sports even changed history, as African-Americans Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson helped break social barriers in sports. Sports also help us admire other people and their lifestyles. Nowadays, Blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos play together on the same field. In a way a field, court, or a stadium is like an embassy and the players are the ambassadors. Something else important is that sports helps to spread ideas and goods around with people traveling to not only watch the game, but eat local foods, meet fans from foreign places, and learn the history and social life of the new land. Lastly, sports are a great way and maybe even a fundamental way to get to make friends the different peoples across the world. Continue reading