Whenever I am teaching and begin to deviate from the planned course material, I always issue a warning that we are going off the traveled path and things might get a bit bumpy, if not downright unpredictable. Such is today - so buckle up.
Last night I sat through my youngest son's high school graduation and was particularly intrigued by a young artist's accolades. She had accumulated a number of "Best of Shows" throughout her high school career. I am accustomed to athletic awards such as State Champions, World Series Champions, etc., but Best of Show?
Since the phrase intrigues me, it should be a tip-off that I have never won Best of Show. Perhaps that explains this emptiness that I feel - just kidding. But seriously, how many people in the world have never won Best of Show?
What motivates the masses of the world when we never have a chance of being "Best of Show" ? Do we vicariously become 'Best of Show' through our sports, movie, and music heroes? Is that healthy? Is is different than earlier in history?