This got me thinking about my priorities as well as the world's. How many times we have said that sports or entertainment is our life and that we ignore the entire world but cricket or bollywood. I am guilty of the above and even today when I saw the paper skipped to the last page to the sports column not wanting to know whats happening in Mumbai and the life there. Yes it is a selfish act but it was one I had cultivated that I just can't help it (But should). Many who read this are also guilty of that I'm sure.
How many times we've seen sports pushed into the headlines ahead of other news. Sports is a world of illusions and we tend to get easily carried away in this fantasy. We put it above all.
We idolize cricket players for the battles they wage on the field. But where is Flintoff or Harmisson now? They are in England. The so-called Tendulkar slayers can only fight in the field. And this fight enthralls and thrills us but is the mock fight worth all our attention?
The real heroes in the last few days are the one's who gave their lives to make the World a better place. These are people who involve themselves in real fights where life's are lost and hopes are dashed. But they risk it all for others. The one's who went into the Taj, Oberoi, Nariman house and are the real brave hearts. They are the unsung heroes of India and the world. I stand and salute you even as I write (type) this. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. We stand by your families in prayer.
I'd like to end by quoting Patrick McEnroe the then captain of the U.S.A Davis cup. He said after 9/11, "something like this puts things into perspective. You suddenly realize that sports is such a small thing."