Excel and enjoy the true Olympic spirit
The progress of sports, the spirit of competition, and the diversity of Olympics are a display of the extent of man’s progress
The closing ceremonies for the 31st Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro ended a few days ago, with 10,500 athletes having competed at this international event. South Sudan and Kosovo participated for the first time. It was a huge and beautiful ceremony, and the brotherhood reflected through these sports is hard to describe in one word.
There were black people competing against white, women wearing hijab (headscarves) competing against women who did not, and Arabs competing against non-Arabs. All this reflects the extent of man’s moral and ethical progress.
Diversity is beneficial and enriching. All this was not achieved overnight, but following centuries of struggle, war, bloodshed and prejudice, followed by significant amount of tolerance.
In his book “On the Aesthetic Education of Man,” German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller wrote: “To arrive at a solution even in the political problem, the road of aesthetics must be pursued, because it is through beauty that we arrive at freedom.”
Diversity is beneficial and enriching. All this was not achieved overnight, but following centuries of struggle, war, bloodshed and prejudice, followed by significant amount of toleranceTurki Aldakhil
The progress of these sports, the spirit of competition, and the clear diversity in this international event, are a brief display of the extent of man’s progress. Each man has his beauty, values, opinion and respect. This is the peak of tolerant thought and the spirit of tolerance. Live and let live. Excel and enjoy the creativity of others.
This article was first published in Okaz on Aug. 25, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.
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