Sophrosyne

Watching the Olympics last night we saw two divergent things that are both so typical of America. On the one hand we saw Katie Ledecky win a goal in the pool by like 7 seconds. The US often outpaces other nations re: economy, military, charitable giving. On the other hand we saw Hope Solo, the US women’s soccer goalie be a complete sore loser and really disgrace herself with some inappropriate comments about the Swedish team.

This unfortunately is America too. I guess this is pretty typical of human nature really. No one is black or white, we’re all shades of grey. But what’s interesting is that they’re only grey in the aggregate. It seems to me most people wildly vacillate between white and black. If we all hovered in grey we may be better for it. Yet another support for the ancient Greek concept of sophrosyne! (Turns out spellcheck has no idea what sophrosyne is. Ah the irony)

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