While headlines of Penn State cover the front cover of Sports Illustrated, I’d like to take a step back and look at the development of the state of sport objectively. If we look into history as far back as records allow, we will notice that there has been sport. Whether it was spur of the moment combat or organized games, it is undeniable that it has been around throughout perceivable history. However, what we must take into consideration is that sport served a very different purpose then that it should now. It seems that sport was a primary evolutionary tool that created divide mainly among male members of the species so that females could decide on a mate. Back then, physical fitness was of primary concern in reproduction, as intellectualism and civilization were just beginning to develop. As those phenomena developed by way of tools and broader communication around the world, complication was added to the notions about the meaning and applications of sport.
With physical dominance over others being less important in survival, it would seem that humans should be far less concerned with winning in sport and more concerned with advancing in intellectual endeavors and as effective members of a unit or team. Unfortunately, we are stubborn and that was not the case. For whatever reason, humans clung on to the idea that physical fitness maintained its importance, even when they simultaneously adopted ideas that intellectual prowess and the ability to work on a team were increasingly more significant to evolution. I hypothesize that this led to the major complications in sport today. A winning-at-all-costs mentality has entrapped our minds, even though winning in sport has become far less important in the scope of humanity. Consider it for a second. Those who only dominate in sport and beauty contribute very little to humanity, whereas those who have a good level of physical health paired with modern intelligence and the ability to work as a part of a team contribute far more to the advancement of our species. So with that I ask, when will it be time to break free from the original thoughts on sport and start changing our attitudes and views in conjunction with our technological advances and growing geological interconnectedness?