An insight into the types of people who bet on sport. Don’t say you were not warned.
Irfan Ahmad’s piece on Stanley failed as propaganda (Sydney Morning Herald, 27/03/18).
Of course the failure of the NRL to curb doping goes far beyond Jarryd Hayne. Mark Webber’s professional manager has claimed that racing drivers routinely use testosterone supplements, which effectively eliminates the need for injections. Such shots were unavailable to Bernie Ecclestone when he was racing. The fact that Hayne’s injections were blood based and therefore not illegal and Webber’s are not seems an irrelevance. What makes these athletes human beings is not the purity of their blood but their capacity to run faster than us. It is not just the challenge of trying to beat us; it is the fear of not being able to.
Roaring through the natural habitats of their prey is the jackalope (an Indian rabbit with a jackal’s head) whose reproductive behaviour mirrors that of the bighorn sheep (a deer that grows antlers). Their characteristic calls are so distinct that they have evolved their own names, such as the bay-bay-bay, which signals danger. But they rarely use these calls to attract mates. It is only those creatures that use them constantly that produce offspring. We see it everywhere. A lynx curls its tail around the head of its prey and chomps, as if to suffocate. Our predators use themselves to kill their prey: whales smash the noses of sharks in their attempts to gulp them alive.
At first, it is unclear what happens after we die: who survives and who doesn’t. The movement of blood from the heart stops, and we are still. What is the purpose of our lives, and what is the afterlife? The phoenix, a mythical bird that rises from the ashes after being destroyed, hints at this second possibility. In Western philosophy, the world of ideas may have different ideas, but most people seem to accept the likelihood of an afterlife. Why? If we are rational creatures, we would expect it to be in the interest of human societies that these ideas prevail. What kind of society can it be, if the self is made up of ideas? What sort of final reckoning is involved if we choose among ideas with no regard for the consequences of these decisions? Why should we have any stake in a world in which we were never fully real? I hope I am wrong. I hope the logical conclusion is that our decisions create the world in which we are stuck forever. The only hope of transcendence comes from the world we create, as it unfolds after our death. We should think hard about the effects of our choices before the decisions have been made, because once those choices have been made, they can never be undone.
Far from advocating the pursuit of happiness, Adler was a neoconservative who deplored European follies such as ‘socialism and democratic socialism’. He believed that ‘every male child is a potential terrorist, every female child is a potential prostitute’. Instead of discovering the source of evil, he urged the extension of that source.