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Philosophy in Boston

Monday, February 04, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Tim Jarrett understands what I'm saying. Permalink to this paragraph

What a great Superbowl, and what an opportunity for Boston sports fans to learn the value in losing. Permalink to this paragraph

What? Value in losing? You bet.  Permalink to this paragraph

It wasn't that long ago when Boston was one of the best cities in the USA for sports precisely because Boston teams were such spectacular losers. I'll never forget the misery of the Dowbrigade after the Red Sox lost something (or did they win, I forget). They must have lost because he swore he'd never let them break his heart again the way they had for his whole life (he's about my age). Permalink to this paragraph

Losing teaches you that there's more to life than winning, and that's the best lesson possible and it's the one lesson you keep needing to learn over and over until you lose everything, which like it or not is what we all do in the end. Permalink to this paragraph

People write poetry about losing, great music is composed about lost causes. Who writes an ode to winning? They're too busy getting drunk or getting laid. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Never have I loved a team more or felt more kinship with my fellow fans than when our team goes down in flames after a season of great ups and downs. No doubt there are no smiles or tears of joy in Boston today. But there is hope. And that, even when you win, is all that's left after a great season.  Permalink to this paragraph


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