The Race

As one of my students collapsed during a road-relay recently, the runner in front of her from a lesser sports group, the hockey team, stopped her pace and retreated to where her fallen counterpart was. After which she helped her up and waited for the medics to dash across the field. At the time of her collapse, two runners ran past her without stopping – one from the instituition’s national level winning triathlon team, the other from the Dragonboat team, one which is the elite amongst all sports team because of their preceded glory in winning races as well. Both elite teams trying to vie for the eventual championship which they have competed for years.

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn in Jericho and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

As the winners and runners-up wield their trophies and cheered at the shimmer of their win that day, I hope someday our elites will learn humanity at greater depths and not just visualize winning the glory as an ultimatum to their endeavours in life. I salute the hockey team that despite given an opportunity to make it to the tops, they are able to see that helping a fallen friend means a greater achievement in life than the shimmer of the silver cup.


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