a week ago i went to a tribal gathering. a gathering of many people in the city of nashville to its center. we wore our colors and symbols while people from another tribe wore their colors and symbols. everyone chanted and sang together united around a single game. Titans vs Panthers
65,000 people in the same place watching the samething with all their energy behind a single want, a single need is a powerful force. it stuck me that we’ve been gathering like this since humans stood up. imagine the things we could all bring about with the same type of passion. everything but the gathering has changed. now it is football and sport still preparing us for combat. smashmouth, gunslinger, rifle for an arm, pound-it-up-the-middle football with a strong ground game, a team with several weapons, they can hurt you in so many ways. these are just a few phrases familiar to an football fan.
the symbols have changed but there are old ones still strong that we can see if we look. the endzones are oriented north to south with the seat on the east and west, mostly because of the direction of the river next to the stadium. i wonder if anyone would know those directions at the stadium if asked. i wonder if we really still need to know which direction is which. ask a nashville native which way the cumberland river flows.
our football teams seem to have taken the place or real symbols. the living symbols of the Eagle, Bear, Horse, Jaguar, Raven have become rather meaningless names where were once deeply important representative Living Symbols. communication with these symbols was once just as important as with another group of humans but now, a cartoon picture to put on a tshirt or hat. the songs to have become elaborate lyrics meaning WIN, I WANT THIS TEAM. theses symbols changes are everywhere. they are what keeps our culture rich or shallow.
perhaps we all treat these sports like many treat church, an important thing to participate in but with no real effect on the weekly life. a rather tribal thing we still do that has lost most deeper meaning.
late night, with thoughts on my brain