No TV. No sports....those things keep
the masses amused and distracted from doing "normal" things like learning, exploring,
and asking difficult questions of themselves and their surroundings.
I don't think that's true. In Annie Hall
a great scene in which Woody Allen is at a horrible
party inhabited by horrible boring intellectuals;
he sneaks off to the bedroom to watch the basketball game.
And predictably, someone comes to berate him for
watching the basketball game when he could be improving his mind.
Woody has a great speech about how this is a completely different
kind of accomplishment, a physical accomplishment,
and that the people in the other room are afraid of it because
it isn't their kind of accomplishment and they don't
One of the most wonderful things about sports is that
they are universal. Everyone on earth has pretty much the
same kind of body; that's why we can have the Olympics.
To be uninterested in sports is to be uninterested in
the body and what it can do. And of course you know many geeks who
are divorced from their own bodies. But that is
not a healthy way to be.
Sports are not incompatible with learning, exploring, or
asking difficult questions of one's surroundings.
Many people shut off their brains when they sit down to watch
the football game, but that does not mean that is the only
way to do it---lots of people shut off their brains when they use the
-w switch too.