Well, everyone, we're almost at the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. I don't have much this Friday, because I'm trying to finish up my fibery projects. I've completed one, and have another two in process ... so I'll have purty stuff to show off next week.In the meantime, a few commenters from last week were impressed with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (as am I). As he and his teammates get ready for their surprise 4x400 final, Pistorius' advantaged/disadvantaged status reminds me of that excellent Kurt Vonnegut short story, Harrison Bergeron. Vonnegut's opening gambit sets the scene beautifully:
"The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General."
A thought: would you want to live in Vonnegut's dystopic world? Do you think Pistorius has an advantage? I love how this athlete has made all of us pause to consider the nature of fairness ... and how he has brought out the best spirit in his competitors.
Take that, o ladies of badminton.
Do make certain you head on over to Andrea's blog to check out what everyone else is doing this week. To not do so would definitely be unfair.