"The Dog's Pavlov"
"I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life..."
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Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:
"But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn't have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well."
He said at the beginning: unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it's a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy ...
If your god was with you now would you know? If Christ, Allah, Buddha or Mohamed was here watching you and humankind would you know? If they were walking the streets and seeing what was happening, shaking their heads in despair at what they see would you know?
As we propagate money, then purchase goods we desire but do not need to simply propagate more money and let the circle continue at the cost of our planet and those less fortunate, do you not think they would be more ashamed at what they had created than proud?
Would you know that vagrant, tramp, down and out, lost person that you pass in the street, head bowed, given up is not the god you have been looking for to rescue you, could be your redeemer that feels there is nothing left to redeem?
I'm not a religious man and I doubt I ever will be, I do though want people to think about what they see, the church is one of the richest businesses in the world, I often wonder how many homeless the Vatican alone would house, the splendour of the temples could be better spent on feeding the starving.
Would you know?
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