IN VIEW OF THE RECENT murder of Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer and the team’s subsequent exit from the Cricket World Cup, I can’t help but question the level of intelligence of the human race and whether morality is in any way linked to intelligence. Perhaps greed is? Though the reason for the murder is still unclear, it’s fair to observe that the extreme fanaticism that’s linked to the dark underworld of the “bookies and sport” leaves many questions in the minds of the investigators unanswered. How unfortunate is it that we as humans (some of us, at least) find our worth and significance in a result or a scoreboard.
Ironically, the positive result on a scoreboard is something that has to be repeated over and over again in order to sustain the value of significance and self worth – a murder on the other hand, only once.
Money can be a deadly motivator. Money can prompt people from all levels of intelligence to engage in what could be considered as a somewhat shady deal. Murder? Well, that requires a prompting on a different level altogether. It’s been long since sport has been merely an arbitrary activity in which we engage in order to pass the time – today it’s as much of a career as a stockbroker or attorney. (It will obviously count in your favour if you could be an attorney and professional sportsman at the same time.)
Once we’ve reduced the value of a life – any human life – to a point where it can be taken at any cost, we’ve reached a point where we overrate our importance and significance on this planet.
I’m not sure whether members of the human race believe that they’ve become gods or whether we’re just a bunch of fouryear-olds who have no understanding and concept of consequence… However, I do realise that both of the above lead down a really wide, sad and dark path.
Morality is truly mortal.