Even before Christ was born, the Greeks were able to come together and celebrate the common humanity. People set aside their differences and laid down their weapons to join the quest of excellences in human spirits in Olympia.
In 2008, some 2700 years later, why cannot we honor what Olympics really are? China has been diligently preparing for the event and Chinese people are ready to welcome the athletes and spectators with open arms. The political theatre we saw lately is not only the profound disrespect to Olympic spirits, but also a blatant insult to all 1.3 billion Chinese. Do not repeat the nonsense that their aim is the Chinese government not the Chinese people. If one cannot distinguish an athletic event from politics, one cannot be trusted to have the intellectual capacity to know the difference between Chinese government and Chinese people.
So, what are Olympics?
Olympics are what you want them to be. In other words, Olympics are a blank canvas that you can create anything on. To me and many if not most of my fellow Chinese, Olympics are a chance for the entire world to get together every 4 years. Although we also want to showcase our country, I do not believe that in anyway compromises the Olympic spirit. From an old Chinese saying: in Buddha’s eyes, everyone is a Buddha, while in demon’s eyes, everyone is a demon.
These are the so called athletes who have exhausted the hospitalities of Chinese people. We call on the Chinese government to reject their visa application, if they are able to ever make it to the big stage, which I sincerely doubt.
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And, bravo to the French as well 🙂
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