- Mar 29, 2010
- Androgyne; they/them
- Basic Beliefs
- Natural Philosophy, Game Theoretic Ethicist
So, while it's unclear what the present situation is, I will now note that there are very much in this world occasional situations where a person who gets off on being an asshole just doesn't want to say "hey, look, just let me have this, ok? It's not like I'm hurting YOU, just wait and you'll get a turn at (pleasure derived from being an asshole)!"You are not going to "get it". High School sports aren't for "maximising the pain your enemies feel".. They are for teaching lessons that include "sportsmanship", which was pretty clear to me how that was expressed by the program when dealing with "skill imbalances" - win the game with grace, not douchebaggery. If you don't know what that means, or you need some autistic level of certainty on point spreads at half-time, then you are not sufficiently knowledgeable about the nuances of competitive sports to comment on the difference between a sportsmanlike win and an unsportsmanlike win. What is a "press" in basketball? start there.There was a student in my high school who was mathematically gifted. I remember one particular test where he wrecked the curve for the entire rest of the class. Should he have been told to ease up, lest his mathematical gifts humiliate the other students? Should a long distance runner hold back from achieving a personal best if she is too far ahead of the competition? If not, why not?In the Sacred Hill situation, the team did not ease up at all. The coach is a first class asshole and is lucky he was not suspended for more games.
This isn't a case of "everyone gets a participation trophy".. this is a case of "not being an asshole" - I am afraid that's the part that may be alluding you.
The reality is that I want nobody actually deriving pleasure from being an asshole to people in general, because they ARE hurting me, and if we must have a valve by which people who MUST occasionally fulfill a need of "be an asshole", that we find ways to mitigate this and limit the derivation of such pleasures only to those who wish to so derive them.
Part of this IS done with sports, usually of the sort that happen when two people talk smack on the street and take it to the court, and both know what they are doing and why, and they don't drag in people avoiding the business end of an asshole.