Healthy Competition

In light of the
recent World Cup competition and Germanic win, I found myself contemplating the
concept of competition and its purpose in our lives. Our whole culture is
dependent on strong and healthy competition and capitalism. But these concepts
have both positive and negative qualities in our lives and in our societal
evolution.

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It was extremely
surprising to see the outpour of support for each individual country and
culture in the World Cup, even if only mildly related to their nationality;
many people expressed thorough support of their “home country” and team in the
tournament. The World Cup generated over one billion interactions on
Facebook—the most interactions over one topic in the network’s history, and Google
also stated there were over 6 billion related searches during the frenzy. That
level of interaction and support is simply amazing. But while the World Cup
whirled through our lives, many people barely noticed other things that were
happening, including Washington’s first day of recreational cannabis
sales—catching up with Colorado’s progress, the #ESPNBodyIssue that is
affecting equal treatment for women in sports—also spawning off a series of
intense feminist issues in politics and in the media and the recent #Gaza
situation climax, with many irreparable damages to the lives of the people of
this area.

There’s so much
happening in the world, and as a people, we chose to give our attention to the
uplifting competitive happenings in the World Cup. I feel that it must be, in
part, because of the inevitable camaraderie built and strengthened in the
process of rooting for your team or country in this tournament. If we can only continue
to build that kind of team spirit and positive competitive streak in our
country’s fight for cannabis. Though it is difficult, it should be positive,
supportive and beneficial for everyone involved. People may be afraid to
participate in this fight, or even in offering support because of fear, but
slowly, state by state, the fear is diminishing, and the camaraderie is
growing.

I felt inspired by
seeing the World Cup’s effect on people’s support, and I hope that over time
other people will feel similarly about our fight for cannabis, here on our home
turf and abroad. We’ve got a great network of support, and only want the best
for our team.

Fight on.

 

Sincerely,

Evan A. Senn

Editor-In-Chief

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