Why Being a Football Fan Sucks

It appears that with each passing year and each passing season, we (football fans) are becoming much easier to hate by the rest of the world’s population. And perhaps there was once a time when people considered us the victims. No anymore. We are now the culprits. And here is why.

Perhaps a good place to start is the amount of money it takes to buy a player of quality these days. If nothing else, it is absolutely criminal! From how much Real Madrid paid for Bale to how much Barcelona paid for Neymar, it is fair to say that we are a culture that has gone to far.

Of course it is easy to attribute this problem to the fundamentals of economics, which is demand and supply. But is that a valid enough justification? Spain was one of the worst hit by the 2008 global recession. Its poverty levels, its unemployment and its income inequality have all increased as a result. And yet somehow €100 million paid for the services of one player is seen as a worthwhile investment. The fact that we sit idly by and allow this to happen (even if we do not agree with it) shows that we are condoning such disgusting ways of spending money and all in the name of entertainment no less.

We were jubilant when our team won, upset when our team lose and on the fence when our team drew. But all the while, we acknowledged that football was just a game played by passionate people for passionate people. Times have changed. It’s no longer the same. It has become so business-driven that it affects the way we – the fans – feel about the game.

When our team loses, we are upset. Not only because we lost. But because our beloved clubs still pay the players amounts that can change the whole economic landscape of certain countries. There is no consequence for these players. Rooney still walked away with a nice £300,000 a week cheque in his pocket for playing terribly during the Champions League game against Olympiakos.

Where is the justice? For the fans who pay so much for a game ticket, a jersey (which clubs change every year), and the exorbitant television subscriptions we pay just so that we can catch our favourite team play, there is literally no tangible justice. And if the owners of these clubs can’t understand it in layman’s terms, let me explain it in your language.

Where is our return on investment?

However, it has gone on for so long that it is no longer the footballing world’s fault. It has become ours for continuing to allow such bad habits to persist in a game that we love.

I think we as a footballing culture, really need to re-think what we are allowing to continue. We are now the problem. Not the clubs.

I’m not sure I want to be part of this anymore. As much as I love soccer.

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The Complexity of Life

What do you when you have so many thoughts that fill your mind?

When you bombard yourself with questions to which answers you may never find

You learnt to overcome adversity only when you live in a structure

But know you’re the happiest when you stand at the doors of departure…

Because you are always ready to leave since you have yet to find a home in anything

Rather you just sit around to witness and except anything that your life will bring

So forgive yourself for you know not what you want

Therefore to be contented with your life… you can’t

 

Creativity (or lack thereof)

Torrance creativity index – The gold standard in creativity assessment.

Flynn effect – the phenomenon whereby children of each generation are supposedly smarter then the previous one due to the enriched environments that we live in.

Did you know that there is an inverse relation between the Torrance creativity index and the Flynn effect since the 1990’s? Which means that while we are theoretically getting smarter, we are also becoming less creative.

Does that mean that the same reasons why we are getting smarter could very well be the same reasons we become less creative?

Fate

What is fate? And if it’s beyond our control, do we still play a part in it? Or are we just actors in fate’s production?

I ask myself that because to believe in it means to give away some level of control. We give up our belief in being able to achieve what we want to achieve, as it is not dictated by us. Unless. Fate needs us to participate actively to shape the destiny forged by it.

The first school of thought believes in the inevitability of events whether we interfere with them or not. It resigns us to an outcome we are unable to control no matter how we try to alter the circumstances. And if we follow this logic, how we do something, why we do it and the reason that we do it can no longer be explained by rationality, for we are unaware of the true answer.

But what if there is a second school of thought? What if the actions we take (or don’t take) are necessary actions fate requires of us? To create a storyline for each other that allows us to experience a certain thing at a certain time. The preciseness of an event fully depended on the actions (or inactions) of others.

One might think that to believe in fate is to be aimless. To be lost in the wilderness of someone else’s psyche. Someone greater then all of us. And perhaps that passivity is damaging. But don’t assume that those who believe do not know what they are doing.

The mere thought of it intrigues me; that the providence of someone else’s actions is so intertwined with that of mine. I may not know them but somehow they dictate a certain aspect of my life while I’m incapable of dictating it myself.

It sounds romantic. At least it does to me. But it also terrifies me.

By using this analogy, all the evil in the world becomes justified. The murders, the rapes, the deceit, the injustice, the oppression, the slavery, they are all unavoidable scenarios that cannot be altered whether we like it or not.

And that’s why I cannot believe in fate whether it exists or not. For it denies me the opportunity to make this world a better place. But at the same time, it reminds me to be happy no matter what happens in life. I’ll enjoy it for what it is and appreciate it for how it makes me feel.