The entire world has a lot more in common than we do differences. We all want to provide for our families, take an occasional vacation, pick on our siblings, and of course…rally around our favorite sports teams.
In a time where international geopolitics are ummmmmmm what’s the word, “complicated,” there is no better time right now to put aside those issues to focus on the World Cup. Especially with the host nation Russia making headlines, it’s time to put them aside for a month to enjoy a game of soccer (ahem fubtol).
I’m not so naive that a handful of soccer matches will ultimately solve anything, but we at least all need a break from obsessing over our differences. There aren’t many truly international sports, but there is no denying that soccer is truly No. 1. Somewhat ironically, the United States did not qualify.
Countries as far east as South Korea and as far west as Mexico with 30 in between are putting their nation’s weight behind their respective teams. That doesn’t include the literally billions of other people that are tuning in for the mere spectacle of the event. By doing so, we see the humanity in others that don’t absolutely “look like us.” We see the passion, dedication, and the youthful joy we’ve all experienced in our own lives.
That doesn’t only mean the athletes on the field. Seeing videos and images of fans from across the world gathering to celebrate a thrilling victory with copious brews, or a crushing defeat with probably more even more brews, are all relatable that unites the globe.
So for now, let’s cheer without malice and sulk with sympathy for our fellow man. After all, if we can’t find the humanity in a game of soccer then we’re totally doomed.