The World Cup started last Friday, and the most…
The World Cup started last Friday, and the most exciting global sporting event is now under way.
This year, a big story line is that, for the first time ever, the World Cup will be held on the African continent. It’s being held in South Africa, no less, which was an apartheid-enforcing country as recently as 1994. The World Cup being held in South Africa is a sign of racial, social, and economic progress there since then. It’s encouraging to see the rapid change from a segregated country to an equal one. These sporting events may seem largely recreational, but the meaning behind them can be large.
In this case, we can be encouraged by signs of development, whether measured by the ten massive stadiums built for the World Cup, the unity of participating countries, or the racial equality that has been increasingly present around the world.