The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969
There is a quote often attributed to Plato that says "you can learn more about a person in 1 hour of play, than 1 year of work."
There doesn't seem to be any record of Plato saying this. Quote investigator places it as a derivative from some English educator in the 16th century. Ultimately, it's a fake quote. But it doesn't have to be, because it's a good idea. So let's just attribute this quote to all of us. From our experience as children, to our experience in life. We learn more about each other through play, through games, through a cooperative competition, than in any other form.
Nowhere is this more true, or more impactful, than a global game. And there is no global game quite like the World Cup.
Now sport is often scoffed at from, well, I suppose people that have Philosophy podcasts!
But as the record shows, the history of the World Cup is filled with stories of the best and worst of us. And new stories are being made as I speak. So join me in this brief series of Hardcore Philosophy, featuring the World Cup.