Trading One Horse in For Another


So now I get to trade in one sports franchise for another; I leave the Broncos in the Mile High City for the Indianapolis Colts as the local team to cheer for. This is never an easy transition for anyone who moves their town of presence and in fact, some never give in to the change. Some people will continue to be avid fans of whatever team they grew to love and despite living in a city where that particular team may be hated to the nth degree, the die hard fan will not give their allegiance away.  Will I turn my back on one horse for another?

The way our society rallies around a sports team says a lot about us as creatures of this globe. This attitude is not limited to the states alone. Countries throughout the world will wear the honored blood of their clan to face all opposition when it comes to the town favored football team or hockey team or rugby…..or religion, or color of skin. What a sad characteristic loyalty holds and without loyalty, where do we stand? Certain mob mentality opposition is truly a blatant wrong, like prejudice toward any tribe of folks that believe in a specific god or carry certain physical attributes that make them visually different from larger parts of the world. Yet when the lines cross and we are faced with a threat which seems to tear at the unity of our own tribe, what do we do? Some become assimilated, some stand tall and fight.  To stay loyal to the Packers in a town full of Bears fans usually means no more than enduring some mild jeers but when the wild hair of Islamaphobia bites at your ass, what are you to do? It took America years of unrest to finally accept the fact that Black Americans should and would be allowed to go to schools with white people and eventually,we did tear down those terrible fucking segregated drinking fountains. Yet some parts of this country still have problems with race. We continue to fight in each state for the rights of gay people to be allowed to have the same rights as straight people, yet some parts of this country still have trouble with sexual differences. Our country’s earliest doctrine laid the foundation to say that all people were created equal and that we were to base our laws and treatment of one another such, yet women suffered for years before they were allowed to vote, African Americans still have problems being allowed to vote and the bombing of the Twin Towers left a new group to hate…that’s where we are now.

I wonder what would happen if, by chance, huge motherships filled our skies with intelligent lifeforms for some other galaxies, or beings from an alternate dimension. Would we cling to our ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality or open our hearts and arms to another species? I am saddened to think that we would probably just break out the Arms. So will I give up on the Broncos and become a Colts fan? Will I abandon the team I rallied behind to watch them win back to back Super Bowls? Will I easily give up the mindset for living I had developed on the streets of Denver of will I incorporate it to fit into a new surrounding? Will our countries ever be able to accept one another or will we continue the circuit of overthrow and force submission….so many questions, so many uncertainties. We are all here for such a brief period of time so why not let the Colt fans live among the Bronco fans and the Muslims live next to the Jews and the Hutu and Tutsi comply with one another. That would truly be something to see. Yet that’s probably as likely to happen as seeing those motherships….welcome to the Church.


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