Thursday, September 12, 2013

Obama & Putin & Playgrounds in life.

I’ve been trying to make sense of Obama’s aggressive, speech-making and threats which have not been characteristic of his Presidency.

Remember when you were on the elementary school playground and you were the Captain who got to pick who was going to be on your team? And, remember how you felt when the other team got the One star player? You knew that no matter how many other players you chose, you could never balance the equation of the fact that the other team got that One! The rest of your picking of players, and then the future of the game was shaped by who got that One. [NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB drafts continue to operate like this with truly star players. It happens when teams of players connect for Paint-Ball fights or MMORPgaming.]

I wonder if the vitriolic, aggressive ‘trash-talk” of Obama and Putin is really about the fact that Putin got former U.S. NSA employee Edward Snowden on his “team” and that single “draft choice” has set off rivalrous desire and the need to retaliate from Obama’s psyche. Syria might just be the most direct situational factor for two individual men to expose their self-serving rivalry.

Except, these “Captains” possess very real weapons and this is no game and no playground.

I wonder.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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