Comment of the Week comes from R.I.P.per, who is quite justifiably looking forward to the end of PostSurf because I haven't yet mentioned Team USA's ISA gold medal.
R.I.P.per says: August 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Not that you don’t already know, but you’re just shit. No mention of a Gold Medal in Costa?
Thing is, you can’t give props. You just spread hate.
Looking forward to the end of PostSurf.
OK then. R.I.P.per's insightful comment sparked some healthy debate amongst other regular commenters concerning whether we should or should not be celebrating Team USA's triumphant victory.
Some highlights from that thoughtful discussion:
"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." ~Albert Einstein
"They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.
Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king." ~Bob Dylan
"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." ~Bertrand Russell
"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind." ~Voltaire
"The ISA World Games? Really? Has there ever been a team-based surfing event that ANYONE cared about EVER? In a world defined by suffering, matters this trivial are of import only to patriotic retards, and the contestants that emerge victorious." - His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama