I guess I missed the memo….

You know, the one where we all sat down in a circle and came to the consensus that Human Cockfighting was okay.  MMA, UFC, Cagefighting, whatever the hell else it’s called.  Guys (and gals) beating each other to a bloody pulp in the name of sport.

I don’t know, I guess I view the world as one in which there are lines.  Lines that separate appropriate and inappropriate behavior.  This is one of those things that, in my view, clearly crosses that line.  The level of violence is just too raw, too primal for me to feel good about.  Ultimately, it’s one of those cultural excesses that I feel the need to make a feeble attempt to stem in order to slow the decline of the Western Civilization.  Sigh.

Look, my kid loves it…I’ve watched it.  The combatants personalities belie the barbaric nature of the sport.  Nice guys, trying hard to compete in something they love.  I don’t want to stop them, but when, as a society, were we okay with this?  I’m not a prude.  I love football, boxing (you remember the sweet science don’t you?), and ice hockey.  In fact, in high school, I lead my league in penalty minutes for…wait for it…fighting.  With bare fists.

Fighting was and is such an integral part of the game of ice hockey that as a former participant, I can easily justify the combat.  Maybe I need to find a local chain link cage and throw myself in for a few rounds…or not.  Maybe it’s not really about the actual sport itself but my desperate attempt to forgo the inevitable…a change in the culture that I find distasteful.

Either way, I really wish I’d gotten the memo.

About Conversations With The Moon

Divorced father of two amazing young adults. College student, plodding away at a liberal arts degree. Formerly a Fire Captain and Paramedic. Dabbler in fashion. Liberal. Believer in Karma. View all posts by Conversations With The Moon

2 responses to “I guess I missed the memo….

  • Nuggets from a 50-something

    In the interest of clarification, the term “Human Cockfighting” implies an event wherein the participants are unwilling. Clearly, as I stated in my post, the participants are willing and passionate about their sport. Perhaps a provocative choice of words but one intended to convey concern about the men and women who choose to do this. So fight on, and please reread the post and understand this is more about culture than the actual sport itself. Veiled threats are not necessary.

  • edgeledge

    Are they really doing it by choice? If they were offered similar rewards to do something less violent and less damaging to them, would they take it? I think the “choice” is a perceived choice in many cases.

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