One Thing We All Agree On
“Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
And everybody hates the Jews.
But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
It’s National Everyone-smile-at-one-another-hood Week.”
In 1965 Tom Lehrer made people laugh at the type of cosmetic solutions with which we try to combat bigotry and hatred. Unfortunately, it’s usually the truth behind a good satire that makes it funny. Almost 40 years after Tom Lehrer’s ode to getting along and 14 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we’re still not getting along very well.
But, there’s one thing we can all agree upon, even if we still don’t like each other. This month every country has their eyes glued to 22 men on a 120m x 90m field. That’s right, it’s once again time for the World Cup!
Once every four years everybody gets to root for their home country in the hopes of being the top soccer (football) team in the world. It’s serious business, too. Just ask Andres Escobar, who accidentally scored an own goal in 1994 and was shot over 12 times in the streets of Bogotá when he returned home to Colombia.
It may not be National Brotherhood Week, but maybe everyone will be distracted long enough that we’ll forget to destroy the world.