We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Silver Lining in Rooting for the Worst Team in Baseball
Last year was different, the memory of a first place finish in 2010 was still fresh. On paper, the team looked like it should be as good in 2011, and at times it seemed to be. Last year was a year of crushed expectations. This year? Things are hopeless enough so that we (Twins fans) can relax and savor each victory. And the team has improved slightly from losing almost three games in every four to now losing about only every two games in three. And they beat the Tigers, which must irritate Tigers fans, which is always nice to do.
In any event, every win seems almost magical. One day in three we get a little surprise - hey, the Twins won! How about that! The sun shines and all is right with the world. And there is no anxiety—no worry about whether or not they can hang on to their lead in the standings or whether they can make up for lost ground. There is just the occasional happy gift of an occasional victory, occasionally. And we can take consolation in the thought that eventually they have to get better—probably. Go Twins!