Perhaps it is the failing of those caught in the carefully geared mechanism of an empire to adapt and attitude of natural superiority considering their own home turf as the most advanced in every way imaginable. This exercise ever reinforced by dissing other supposedly more backward examples that may have survived since the proverbial stone age with little to show for their social evolution beyond a loincloth. Yet all social structures seem to share equally primitive habits especially in the proliferation of rituals that foster the promotion of a shared identity. The current reign of Western society rests upon the game attention of different cult based sports that routinely culminate each year at the time of that particular athletic category’s final playoffs.
One such example of my own recent experience is the cycle of playoff finals and the subsequent celebration of the battle for final victory by the home team. This motivation of a sense of accelerated tribalism is a key component of the commercial lifeblood of the larger regional economy in encouraging fans to assume the garments and identities of star players in team emblem emblazoned jerseys, caps and memorabilia. Though celebratory artifacts of the current generation of today inevitable becoming the dimly recalled basement estate sale bargains of tomorrow. No matter, at the time of the crowning event all are equally potent in affording a special affinity with the tribe to the owner. Their public display demonstrating to all a personal sense of public loyalty to the region’s reputation and as such by virtue of same being considered as good citizens involved in maintaining its elite status. So as the local playoff frenzy mounts the cash register rings or rather the card reader and the laser scanner beeps. The sales of congenial alcoholic beverages skyrockets and all the available spaces in front of the television on game days are packed.
During the game cycle, all eyes are focused upon every pixel of the screen micro-managing the fortunes and misfortunes of star players evidenced in war whoops of approval or over-critical cries of despair. The troubled psyche’s of the varied individuals meld into one great tumultuous amalgamated collective directed in part by the constant flow of another drink and ‘will of the wisp‘ panels of embedded commentators whose rhetoric shifts like a weather vane dependent upon which team scored last. Sudden unexpected seismic disturbances of fists pounded on the lip of the bar in staccato appreciation that would make any other variety of zoo caged simian envious of the amount of energy another mammal could muster. The inevitable screech of personal sized air horns ever in reach for every point scored but contents inexhaustible despite constant use when the winning point is scored and the time remaining has run out. The cyclical team anthem wrested from some previously innocuous popular song now blasted at full volume while the spectators participate in a ritual of universal ‘high fives‘ mirroring the same action of their newly coronated hero’s. All one’s temporal problems and ongoing lifetime frustrations evaporate as everyone join’s in to sing the infantile nonsense lyrics while they freely engage in a modern version of a cult of Dionysus.
The streets just outside the establishments are blocked off just prior to the expected conclusion of the game in victory as the local constabulary know that depending upon the class status the total exhaustion of recent events to celebrate too often turn into random sometimes violent actions by the mob. The conclusion of the experience for most is that exhaustion eventually sets in an they have to retire for evening with a deflated feeling of growing emptiness. Unconsciously aware that until the next season there will be little left to recount to others save a waning impression of innate regional supremacy and triumph until well into the next sports season. The orchestration of society through well-timed interlocking hero cults successfully motivating output from employees and replacing unwanted confrontations of timely topics that most would rather forget than have to confront and actively address. Waves perfectly timed in regular intervals to keep the flow of goods on schedule and on time.