Have you cheered for your local sports team for all of your life, no matter what?
Well, I hold the undoubtedly controversial and unpopular opinion that blindly supporting your local team is equivalent to being a racist. I am serious.
It is entirely acceptable to support a particular team for the right reasons.
Most likely, these reasons will be that the team has notable players or an interesting style of play.
For example, I became a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins because of the charismatic and insanely creative Mr. Sidney Crosby.
Indeed, I am partial to most Pittsburgh teams, not because I was born in Pennsylvania, but because I admire their style, coaching, management, etc.
However, I am not a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates; their management has resisted any amount of risk-taking despite a recent history of poor performance. I am also a consistent fan of the German national soccer team, because I admire their playing style that is based on technical proficiency.
Most fans, however, simply support their local team every single year, no matter what.
The entire roster changes and it has no effect on their support for the team. They are supporting the team for one reason: egomania.
Egomania is a psychologically abnormal condition in which a person is possessed by delusions of personal greatness or driven by grandiose fantasies of boundless success that cannot be fulfilled.
Let us take as an example the Buffalo Bills—a team that no one outside of Western New York could possibly support. This team has won zero of 46 Super Bowls. The egomaniacal sports fan begins with the belief that every characteristic of the self is superior. Reasoning is inverted.
The fan does not live in the city because it is the best; instead the city is the best because the fan lives in it.
The city and the team are seen as an extension of the self. The reason, as noted in the previous paragraph, is that if the team does end up winning the championship, it gives the fan a simulated feeling of immense personal success.
A sane observer would note that the fan did absolutely nothing and has no relationship with the people on the team.
One must be a rather pathetic person with little success in their own life if they must fantasize about being part of a professional sports team that never even wins.
They are simply desperate for the hope of winning, presumably because, in their own life, there is no hope of any sort of meaningful success.
The fan of the local sports team wants to be devoid of any personal responsibility for losing but will share in the joy of winning.
When the team loses, like they do every year, the fan blames the idiot GM or players.
When the team wins… “We did it! We won!” Again, egomania is involved. There is no risk that the fan’s self-image can be damaged, because a loss by the team cannot be the fan’s fault.
The fan never has to experience the reality that other people are smarter or more talented.
How is this delusion similar to racism? It should be rather obvious. Just think of different ‘races’ as teams. People support their local team, by which I mean their own race, out of egomania.
White people automatically support other whites. Black people automatically support other blacks. They do so because they see their own skin color as superior. Thus, they hate others for being different in some insignificant way.
There will always be supposed rational justifications for what they already inherently want to do emotionally. And then, once again, look at how they react to any ‘success’ or ‘failure.’
They take no personal responsibility for any failures, but any individual success stories are a victory for the entire race.
These people seem unwilling to pursue individual success.
They accept whatever scraps come their way. They’re scavengers, or maybe serfs.
Successful people do not view the world this way. A successful person correctly interprets all available information and then actively acts upon that information.
A successful person does not get caught up in the non-real collectivist ‘us v. them’ thinking that politicians love.
A successful person generates their own ideas rather than following others’. Perhaps most importantly, a successful person is self-motivated.
This concept is where people get confused. They believe that being self-motivated or attempting to self-actualize is the egomania that I discussed above.
They think it’s wrong. Or they can’t even comprehend how to better themselves.
They think that they’re supposed to act on behalf of others.
Christians call it charity. But in real life, we see that it is merely submission in order to absolve oneself of responsibility for one’s actions.
Being self-motivated is not egomania. It is the desire to personally become the best (perfectly normal) as opposed to the abnormal delusional belief that the self is superior.
Personal failures are accepted as learning experiences and identify weaknesses.
Genuine personal successes are infinitely more satisfying than ‘collective’ victories by one’s team or race.
I will reiterate for those who do not read well: it is stupid to blindly support your local team no matter what they do, just as it is stupid to blindly support all people who happen to have the same amount of melanin as you.
You are an egomaniac. You hate other people because they are dissimilar to you in some meaningless way.
It is ok to support a particular team for a genuine reason, such as that the players are entertaining and skilled.
It is also ok to like another individual if your analysis of that particular individual is favorable.