Election Day—one of the most celebrated days in the United States where all can get together simply so they can divide on their opinions on who is a better person to lead the free world. While this day is supposed to provide some sort of unity among the people in that everyone has a voice in choosing the next President of the United States, it seems to be bringing more division among the masses now than it ever has. Why? Well this can be attributed to several different reasons—the polarity of the two major parties, the two main candidates starkly contrasting from each other, etc.
Whatever the case, this is not a blog post for politics, nor is it a post endorsing one candidate or another. Rather, I would like to provide a form of unity in this time of great divide among the people.
While each supporter of the parties would just assume the other candidate fall off the face of the Earth—thus is the nature of politics, business, etc.—the sports world works a lot differently.
Though sports create a sort of division among people and supporters of different teams, they also unify communities in a way that is so much different from all other forms of entertainment and things that we care about in this life.
For example—in business, Pepsi would just assume Coke be destroyed in order for their business to truly progress and take in all the profits from consumers. The two companies are not dependent on one another.
The same goes for the Presidential election. Democrats wouldn’t mind seeing Trump drop out right now and the same goes for the Republicans and their feelings towards Clinton—I know I am putting that lightly for both sides (haha).
With sports, however, despite the division among fans and the intense rivalries, the two sides are interdependent on one another. You cannot have the same sports experience without having that other side that you may intensely oppose so much on gameday. Also, despite your political affiliation—Democrat, Republican, Green Party, Libertarian—all can come together to support their favorite team on any given gameday.
There is a certain amount of respect among teams and fans that fosters an environment of intense battle when it comes to the playing field while at the same time knowing that without the opposing side, none of the sports we love would be possible without both teams. Thus is the nature of sport—two sides battling it out with a mutual respect and knowledge that one cannot be without the other.
In a country full of division (and in some cases hate), there is (at least) one thing we can all agree on and unify through—sports. So remember—no matter the outcome on this Election Day—there is a way for this divided country to become whole.
Mutually respect one another, understand that the sun will come up again tomorrow (no matter who wins the election), and realize that interdependence is okay in some situations. Lord knows we need some sort of unification now more than ever.
Thank you for reading and God Bless!
“Sports can create hope where once there was only despair.” – Nelson Mandela
– Dale Hutcherson