Wednesday, November 08, 2017
I Don't Care About Sports Unless It Touches Me Personally. This is Like How Many Conservatives Feel About Social Problems.
Liberals have long lamented that conservatives seem to care about social problems only if the problem affects them personally.
Since "care for the harmed" is the heart of liberal ideology, this approach seems unjust to liberals.
I had a "shower thought" about this question this morning: I feel the same way about sports. I only care about a team or a game or a sport if it affects me personally. I don't really care about sports as such, and only have a vague notion of what it going on with professional and semi-professional (Division I) sports. Very occasionally a local kid will have a notable sports career, and I will want to have some idea of how that person, and that person's team, are doing.
I feel the same way about the sports team in my town and my college. I care because I know some of the players, or their families. And I care a bit because it matters to my neighbors.
But I don't regard sports teams as marking my "tribe."