For the first time in the Olympics 125-year modern history, elite athletes including Megan Rapinoe are being open about their use of cannabis products to prepare them for the world’s biggest stage in sports.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/ajherrington/2021/07/21/cannabis-takes-the-world-stage-at-the-tokyo-olympics/
￼—– ￼ my opinion Of ejecting athletes because they test positive for marijuana while others involved can openly tout CBT as helpful to athletes: ridiculous. ￼￼
But then, I also have a very radical idea about substances and sports.
I think that the very idea of sports is shaded with an idea that there is A pure human being, a “natural” human being, and Sports Is really always supposed to be testing these “natural human beings” against each other.
OK. That’s cool. I like that.
However, I also realize that there is no such thing as a “natural human being”, and that what we are considering and what we “naturally” think is a natural human being is really just an ideal. I’m fairly positive that everyone who does sports is doing all sorts of nutritional supplements that are considered natural to the human body.
I would have to ask if alcohol is natural to the human body.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ Then I would also have to ask that the timeframe that it takes for a substance to be undetectable in the human body – does that not then count as a unnatural, or a performance-enhancing drug?
The specificities and vagueness that the science of sports medicine relies upon is just too vast and argumentative to go into here. I’m just throwing around some questions.
￼My radical, and some might say ridiculous, idea is that we allow people to do whatever they want to do to enhance their performance in sports competition.
I say that we keep the current sports paradigm that we have as All Natural.￼ We keep all the debates, we keep all the sports medicine, we keep all the tests, and we keep the appreciation of a sort of pure competition of human beings that are not using performance-enhancing substances, However vague and arbitrarily defined that category may be￼￼.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ let’s just continue to have sports that follows those ideals.
Then also let’s have another sports area where people can do whatever the hell they want to do to enhance their performance. Allow for legal stipulations for these athletes. A contract of sorts that protects people who develop performance-enhancing drugs or technology from liability. These athletes consent to an understanding that what they might be involved with is dangerous to others and to themselves. The athlete takes full responsibility for whatever injuries may occur to their own body or in interaction with other bodies that are involved with the same thing.
I think it would be incredibly cool to see a bunch of football players that are all using the latest technology and performance Enhancing drugs.
And by the way, I’m not using any irony here. I really do think this is a cool idea.
Runners. Hockey players. Bike riders. Weightlifters.￼
Think about the world records that would be broken for human ability.
Think about how the bodies would be built up to new strengths and dynamics.
And then also think about all the bodies that would be broken. Why not?
Think about how the very idea of ethics would be challenged and shaped in a new ways, perhaps to make the human species even stronger and what we understand it is to be human.￼
Think of people having heart attack right after they ran a mile in 2 1/2 minutes.
Think about hockey players ￼ and football players who literally crush one another. Literally begin to physically damage other peoples bodies and their own. ￼￼or maybe not. And people would be watching this live.
I’m not saying that I would enjoy it, but I bet people would enjoy it, and I would surely be interested in hearing about the wild and crazy stuff that would be happening in sports around the “sky’s the limit” use of technology and substances￼.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Im sure they will be all sorts of outcry about how it’s not civilized and that would be returning to gladiator games and whatever.
Well get into all sorts of conversation about ethics and morality and civilization.
￼￼I’m fairly certain that human beings like to think ethically. And they they like to impose their ethics across everyone else’s experience￼.
Sad really.￼ good yes. But also really sad.￼