Leon Kass prepares you for March Madness
Actually, the University of Chicago ethicist along with co-author Eric Cohen ponders the role of sports in our lives and the current steroid investigations. He thinks sports important to the culture (I agree), and worries that “sport has morphed into entertainment.” A key quote: A culture that degrades its heroes, especially the heroes of the young, will destroy the very idea of heroism. A society that gets used to steroids in sport will become even more cynical than it already is. A civilization shaped by the possibilities of biotechnical enhancement will erode the twin possibilities of gratitude and excellence. All that will remain are cartoon heroes and high-tech magic acts, and a life devoted to their soul-deforming amusements.