Talking about The Big Lebowski, one of my favorite parts is when the dude meets bunny and she points at the guy in the pool and says “he doesn’t care about anything – he is a nihilist”. To which the dude says “oh, that must be exhausting!”
Watching the Mavs defeat the Heat yesterday, I thought that trying to understand the world as a liberal must be exhausting. I mean, how could you explain that the weakest team won? If you looked at all the teams who made to the playoffs, how would you rank Dallas? 4th? Probably 5th? This is a team that has two point guards who in theory should not even be playing the game (one is too old; the other is a way too short Puerto Rican); a team who has a bunch of outcasts like Marion, Stojakovic and Haywood… Is that the greatest basketball team in the whole world? Even when you look at Nowitzki, who is now being called ‘one of the greatest who ever played the game’, how you would rank him against Kobe, Rose, or even Duncan and Durant? Is this the same guy who was ‘not a great leader’ or ‘too soft’ to take the Mavs to a title only 5 years ago?
So how does this all play with the inequality concerns that liberals have about the marketplace? Do you really need a ‘level playing field’ (in the way liberals interpret that) to give everyone a chance?
But worst of all: how do liberals process the fact that almost the whole country was rooting for the team that has a blonde German as their superstar against a team that has 3 black superstars? Are we all racists for not liking LeBron?
I know, I know. Sports are not the same as ‘real’ life. I don’t even like all the hyperbole you get when at the end of the day the series was totally even and 4 out of 6 games were decided on the last shot. But still, I think it is a good proxy of how talent plays out in real life.
These people who obsess about equality and how unfair the world is piss me off for one simple reason: they tend to remove the individual from the equation. Yes, life is unfair. Yes, Barea will never be Michael Jordan. But to try to ‘correct’ these things is just a useless and destructive process. If anything, all the NBA caps and such are just a useless tool and you end up with cases like Miami where a lot of talent gets concentrated. But again, that is life. We should instead focus on trying to explain to kids how the world works and how they can be successful.