What’s With The Ball?

I have delayed my planned Christmas posting by a few days, as an ongoing matter I’ve long found disturbing really caught my attention last weekend. … THIS POST HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN, AS IT APPEARS IN JOHN ROGER BARRIE’S APRIL 2024 BOOK, “THE DEEPEST SILENCE AND OTHER ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY.”

4 thoughts on “What’s With The Ball?”

  1. “Liberty is not built on the doctrine that a few nobles or rich commons have a right to inherit the Earth. No! No! It stands on this principle: That the meanest and lowest of the people are, by the unalterable, indefeasible laws of God and nature, as well entitled to the benefit of the air to breathe, light to see, food to eat and clothes to wear as the nobles or the king. That is liberty…and liberty will reign in America!”

    —John Adams

    • Thank you, Jack, for your spot-on comment from President John Adams, who would no doubt be rolling over in his grave were he to read the amounts of these sports-figures’ ridiculously obscene contracts, especially when contrasted with the poorest of the poor.

      Just out of curiosity, I added up the combined value of the top 100 highest-paid athletes worldwide, according to Wikipedia. That figure came in at an astronomical $24.3 billion, which I guess is a relative drop in the bucket compared to the combined value of the top 10 richest people in the world, which is a staggering $1.43 trillion, per Forbes. If these 10 individuals (the usual suspects) were grouped as a single nation, they would rank #13 on the “richest countries of the world” list. Simply mind-numbing. – John Roger Barrie

      • Keep up the good work John! It’s a sad commentary to see where people’s priorities are. Such divisions of wealth didn’t exist when I was young. There were a few millionaires, but they were few and far between. I’m old enough to remember when people with ordinary jobs could live quite well, own a home in California, and support a family on a single income. Sadly, that is no longer the case.


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