“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” — Henry Russell “Red” Sanders.
We are taught from infancy that we must be winners, to be No. 1, to discount anything and anyone who is not part of that select club. Winners are rewarded. No. 2 isn’t heard about.
Americans don’t compromise or negotiate — that’s weakness. Leaders who think that might work don’t stay leaders for long. Competitions are activities where we “kill,” “slaughter” and “destroy” opposing teams. No matter what the facts may show, our warriors in any field are “the best.” To even hint that another country, team or class may be as good or better will brand you “a traitor” and “un-American .” Our rights are very important. The rights of others? Not so much.
Our kids know all this very well, and most deal with it as best they can. But some cannot make the necessary connections. They feel they are losers. So shootings and violence continue in our schools, which leads to the question “why?” Is the answer fewer guns and more psychologists? Or is the real cause systemic with no hope for change? How much do we really love America?