There is a very interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite authors, discussing the frightening parallels between dogfighting and professional football. The descriptions of the dogfighting and the dogs’ recovery is hard to read at times, but even harder is the thought that professional football players are actively pursuing a similar fate. What this says about our society is the topic of another post all together, but Gladwell raises the issue rather clearly:
There is nothing else to be done, not so long as fans stand and cheer. We are in love with football players, with their courage and grit, and nothing else—neither considerations of science nor those of morality—can compete with the destructive power of that love.
UPDATE: Here is the transcript of a live web chat with Malcolm Gladwell and readers. It’s rather interesting as well.