On the news today we're told that there needs to be more money spent on Olympic "hopefuls" if Australia is to do well at the next Olympics. Many more millions of dollars need to be poured into the Australian Institute of Sport. Blimey, the last Olympic Games are only just finished, and here they are whingeing about not enough money being spent on the so-called (possibly) (future) "elite" athletes. It is said that the government must spend more money on fostering talent in the sports - that is athletics and swimming - even to the point of putting money into the training of kids who even just look as if they might have potential! Potential to win medals, that is! Excuse me?
And, where are the people demanding money to go into the fostering of kids with great potential to be our funture scientists? Scientists who may,one day, discover a new vaccine or a cure for some deadly disease or (God forbid!) an effective way to deal with climate change? And, where, pray tell, is the money to help young musicians achieve their potential - and give the world enjoyment and entertainment of a slightly better class than sports viewing?
Oh, no, sorry, We are only interested in sport! We are a "sporting nation", didn't you know?
Oh, scientists? Oh, they can look after themselves and, after all, science doesn't produce much of a spectacle to watch, does it? Bit boring, really! Oh, yeah! But, guess what? If we don't encourage our scirentists to do well, there just may be a few even bigger spectacles than the Olympic Games, when the weather patterns become even more ferocious than they have been.
And, as for music, who needs it? Well...everybody, really, if we desire a civilised society.
Just who are these people who insist on obscene amounts of money being spent on sport?
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