There must be something wrong with me.
You see, I have this crazy principle that people/groups/countries should be rewarded when they do things right. It is not so much a matter of what is just or not, but mostly a question of being rational and trying to push people to behave correctly.
But society nowadays doesn’t seem to understand this rule. It seems that the rule has been reversed, and we should actually give things to people who are failing on the hope that they can improve after being rewarded. When I say people, I really mean the left.
You can find this everywhere: The UN choosing Libya to chair the Human Rights Commission. FIFA choosing South Africa to host the soccer world cup. And now the IOC favoring Rio (over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago) to be the host of the 2016 Olympics.
Seriously, what is the rationale here? Rio is a total mess. It cannot control its urban violence (more than 8 thousand violent deaths per year according to this – it is probably much worse since many deaths go unreported). Public transportation is a nightmare. Sport facilities are a joke.
Yet, a lot of Brazilian friends are celebrating as if this was great news. Why I don’t know. Do they think the city will transform itself because of a sports competition? Why would that be the trigger? If anything, funds that should be used to things like education and health will be diverted to stupid new stadiums.
But even more important, don’t they know how wrong this choice is?
Why reward incompetence?